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Certificate in Geospatial Technologies

Over the years, the ULCGIS has offered accredited Geographic Information Systems coursework to students from a variety of disciplines including Anthropology, Biology, Business, Engineering, Geography, Public Health, Justice Administration, and Urban Planning.  In learning the principles of GIS – and the application of geospatial analysis to geographic phenomena – the students can apply new skillsets to their individual areas of concentration. 

The certificate is housed in the College of Arts and Sciences but also encompasses other colleges. It is intended for students who wish to retain their planned major and minor, yet enrich their undergraduate education in a skilled manner that better prepares them for prospective employers or graduate school. The certificate, awarded upon graduation, will offer the student an additional layer of credentials as they seek gainful employment in this fast and growing field.

You must also apply to graduate with the certificate on Ulink at the beginning of the semester in which you intend to graduate with your major.  You must fill out two graduation applications since this certificate is non-degree seeking.  When you are ready to graduate – the link to graduate with the certificate should appear just under the link to graduate with your major.


Undergraduate Certificate in Applied Geospatial Technologies (15 hrs)

Required Courses (2):
Geography 350: Introduction to Mapping and Geospatial Technologies
Geography 558: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Elective Courses (Choose 3):
Geography 355: Remote Sensing
Geography 356: Introduction to Spatial Statistics
Geography 385: Introduction to Programming and Spatial Data Analysis
Geography 531: GIS and Urban Demographic Analysis
Geosciences 571: GIS and Water Resources
Geography 583: Spatial and Non-spatial Databases
Geography 590: Web Mapping
To Apply Please Contact:
Ms. Katrina Elliott
(502) 852-4560

Course Descriptions:

GEOG 350.
Introduction to Mapping and Geospatial Technologies

Introduction to the concepts and methods of map construction and visualization, including scale, location, projection, design, symbolism, and compilation. Exploration of these concepts and methods through the use of geospatial technologies.
3 units

GEOG 558. 
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

Introduction to geographic information systems using ArcGIS software, management of relational databases, and manipulation and graphical output of digital geo-spatial data.

3 units

GEOG 355. 
Introduction to Remote Sensing

This course provides an introduction to the theory and application of remote sensing data with weekly lab reports for hands-on experience in the acquisition and utilization of remotely sensed data in geographical/environmental research.
This course prepares for GEOG 556. Prior completion of GEOS 200, GEOS 350, or GEOS 301, or PHYS 111 or equivalent is recommended, but not required.
3 units

GEOG 356. 
Introduction to Spatial Statistics

Prerequisite(s): GEOG 256.
Introduction to multivariate statistical analyses and spatial statistics, i.e. statistical methods that use space and spatial relationships directly in their mathematical computations.

3 units

GEOG 385. 
Introduction to Programming for GIS and Spatial Data Analysis

There are two primary goals for this course. First, students will learn introductory computer programming concepts and features. Students will deconstruct examples from a variety of programming and scripting languages (primarily Python, R, VBA, and IDL), learning how to identify common logic, flow control and syntactic features. Students will learn the purpose of these structures and how to start using the programming and scripting environments of common statistics, geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing (RS) platforms.
3 units

GEOG 531. 
GIS & Urban Demographic Analysis

Prerequisite(s): GIS knowledge or concurrent tutorial.
Demographic analysis through the use of GIS technology. Emphasis placed on metropolitan area characteristics including population change, segregation, ethnic settlement, social and economic stratification, and commuting.

3 units

GEOS 571. 
GIS and Water Resources

Prerequisite(s): GEOG 558
A study of the application of Geographic Information Science techniques in water resources research and management including digital mapping of water resources, watershed delineation, and modeling atmospheric, surface, and groundwater processes.
3 units

GEOG 583. 
Spatial and Non-Spatial Database Management

Prerequisite(s): GEOG 357 or GEOG 558.
Provides students with “hands-on” experience in the development, management, and integration of spatial and non-spatial databases, using GIS and database management software.

3 units

Geography 590.
Web Mapping

Special topics course on online spatial analysis, 3D web scenes, and best practices in Web GIS. Includes discussions about artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning in the context of Web GIS.
3 units
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