Certificate of Completion in Geospatial Technologies

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Below is a list of courses that make up this certificate. It is recommended that you meet with an academic advisor before registering for classes.

Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Geospatial Technologies program provides a solid foundation in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) concepts, not simply GIS software. This program equips students with fundamental GIS abilities that can be applied in a variety of environments where spatial data analysis is required.


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Field of Interest
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Academic Plan
Geospatial Technologies (CER)
Academic Plan Code
Total Credits Required
Effective Term
Fall 2020

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

Program is designed for students with varying skills; consult with a program director.
Depending on a student's educational experience, additional coursework may be needed to be eligible for MAT220 or MAT221.

What You’ll Learn

This certificate will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Identify and apply the geospatial core technologies to data collection, storage, and analysis.
  2. Identify and explain social and ethical responsibilities associated with the use of GIS as it pertains to environmental and population policies.
  3. Identify and describe the characteristics of the Earth and how it is represented on a map.
  4. Apply the appropriate representation to environmental and human-related features on a map.
  5. Apply geographic knowledge and GIS to create high quality digital and paper maps.
  6. Apply spatial analysis and geoprocessing operations on vector and raster data.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of data analysis involved in relational databases.
  8. Design, develop, and implement a spatial database to support analytical operations.
  9. Perform data management tasks (creating, querying, editing, joining, and customizing spatial and non-spatial data) as well as perform statistical analysis.
  10. Apply computer programming concepts of problem solving, data structures, and fundamental algorithms and techniques to spatial data models.

Required Courses

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
In addition to the required coursework students must consult with a program advisor to select one of the specializations within the Restricted Electives area.
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems3
GCU102Introduction to Human Geography3
GIS205Geographic Information Technologies3
GIS211Geographic Information Science I4
GIS220Introduction to ArcPy Scripting3
GIS222Geographic Information Science II3
GPH113Introduction to Physical Geography4
GCU/GPH298++Special Projects (any suffixed course)1-3

Restricted Electives

Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Specialization I: Technician
CIS163AAJava Programming: Level I3
CIS117DMMicrosoft Access: Database Management3
GIS223Introduction to Digital Image Processing3
Specialization II: Analyst/Developer
CSC110Introduction to Computer Science (Java)3
CIS276DBSQL Server Database3
GIS223Introduction to Digital Image Processing3
MAT120Intermediate Algebra (5) OR
MAT121Intermediate Algebra (4) OR
MAT122Intermediate Algebra (3) OR
MAT126Intermediate Algebra with Review (6) OR
Appropriate District Placement0-6
Related Area:
GPH212Introduction to Meteorology I (4) OR
GPH213Climate and Weather (3) OR
GPH267Extreme Weather and Climate (3)3-4
Specialization III: Transfer Emphasis
CSC110Introduction to Computer Science (Java)3
CSC205ABObject Oriented Programming and Data Structures4
Related Area:
GPH212Introduction to Meteorology I (4) OR
GPH213Climate and Weather (3) OR
GPH267Extreme Weather and Climate (3)3-4
MAT220Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (5) OR
MAT221Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (4)4-5

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Full Award Details

First Term
2020 Fall
Final Term
Total Credits
CIPS code
SOC codes
11-9199.00, 19-3092.00, 25-1064.00
Program Availability
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