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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
News Flash -- 2016-17 academic year:
In Spring of 2017, we are offering GEOG 94 - Geospatial Analysis, using 3D modeling and really cool GIS tools. This is offered Fall 2017 with Marc Ball as the instructor. Marc works for the City of Roseville as their technical GIS guy and much more, including working with interns. So if you are taking GEOG 90 or have taken GEOG 91B you can take this class in the fall.
From previous changes, here are some Skill Certificate requirements and key points:
1) You will only need GEOG 90 - "Introduction to GIS" (4 units) and "GEOG 93 - "Advanced GIS" (4 units) plus GEOG 86 - the GPS class - for your core classes. (Note: GEOG 92 - "Intermediate GIS" has been eliminated.)
- That is a total of 9 units for the core GIS classes.
2) Next, take GEOG 94 - "GeoSpatial Analysis," which while not core, is the best class to take for your optional units. We highly recommend this class.
- Note we will be offer GEOG 94 in the Fall 2015 with only a co-requisite. What that means to you is that you can take GEOG 90 - the intro. class along with this one the same semester. (Previously a student could not take it until finished with GEOG 90... a pre-requisite).
3) Now you must find 3 units for the additional classes, most of which are outside of the discipline. So we suggest perhaps lining up an internship, or taking a database class, or finding a CAD drawing class. We will substitute the DES classes often because the two listed in the skill certificate flow chart are rarely offed in Design Drafting.
Here is the revised Course Flow Chart, you're done with the Skills Certificate!
Geography 85 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) & Related Technologies
Geography 86 - Global Positioning Systems (GPS) for GISGeography 90 - Introduction to GIS - summer and fall semester for 8 weeks
Geography 91A - Introduction to ArcGIS (note: software course, cross-listed)
Geography 91B - Intermediate ArcGIS
Geography 92 - Intermediate GIS - fall semester for 8 weeks
Geography 93 - Advanced GIS - spring semester for 8 weeks
Geography 94 - GeoSpatial Analysis -spring semester for 8 weeks
The Geography Department offers a GIS Skills Certificate program -- designed for students to gain a solid foundation in GIS theory and related technologies, such as GPS and remote sensing. Sequence of courses build upon each other to provide hands-on technical skills demanded of the professional workforce, culminating with a professional map portfolio and repertoire of spatial analysis skills. Opportunities for interns and entry-level positions are abundant, provided students learn industry-standard software, GPS skills, database management, and mapping design. Students must chose from additional courses, such as computer-aided design (CAD), database management, computer programming, surveying, spatial analysis, and are encouraged to participate in an internship.
Required Core Courses for GIS "Skills Certicate" Program: Geography 86, Geog. 90, Geog. 93
Plus 6 additional units from the following list:
(Also see new Course Flow Chart):
- Geog 85 - Applications of GeoSpatial Technologies
- Geog 91B - Intermediate ArcGIS (1 units)
- Geog 94 - GeoSpatial Analysis (3 units) - highly recommended
- Geog 95 - Internship in Geography (1 - 4 units)
- CIS 90 - Database Management (3 units)
- CSCI 12 - Object-Oriented Programming (3 units)
- CSCI 52 - Introduction to SQL (3 units)
- DES 5 - Computer-Aided Drafting 1A (3 units)
- DES 6 - Computer-Aided Drafting 1B (3 units)
- ENGR 10 - Engineering Survey Measurements (4 units)