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 news News Flash -- Take GEOG 94 - Geospatial Analysis. It is part of the Skill Certificate and has Marc Ball as the instructor, who is the main expert for the City of Roseville GIS systems.


Here are some Skill Certificate requirements and key points:

1) You will need:

GEOG 90 - "Introduction to GIS" (4 units)

GEOG 93 - "Advanced GIS" (4 units)

GEOG 86 - the GPS class (1 unit) - only offered in the Fall.

- That is a total of 9 units for the core GIS classes.

2) Next, take other classes such as GEOG 91A & 91B offered in the Spring. You may be able to waive the pre-requisite for 91B, which counts toward the certificate.

GEOG 94 - "GeoSpatial Analysis," which while not core, is the best class to take for your optional units. We highly recommend this class usually - now only offered in the Fall.

3) Now you must find at least 3 units for the additional classes, most of which are outside of the discipline. So we suggest perhaps lining up an internship yourself, or taking a database class, or finding a CAD drawing class. We will substitute the DES classes.


Main Courses:

 Geography 85 - Introduction to GeoSpatial Technologies

 Geography 86 - Global Positioning Systems (GPS) for GIS

 Geography 90 - Introduction to GIS - skills certicate core

 Geography 91A - Introduction to ArcGIS

 Geography 91B - Intermediate ArcGIS

 Geography 93 - Advanced GIS - skills certicate core

GIS Geography 94 - GeoSpatial Analysis - skills certicate additional units (3)

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 (Advanced GIS)

Plus 6 additional units from the following list:
(Also see new Course Flow Chart):

  • Geog 85 - Applications of GeoSpatial Technologies - online class for 3 weeks
  • Geog 91B - Intermediate ArcGIS (1 units) - easy way to get 1 unit
  • Geog 94 - GeoSpatial Analysis (3 units) - highly recommended as limited offerings without pre-requisite
  • Geog 95 - Internship in Geography (1 - 4 units)

  • CIS 90 - Database Management (3 units) recommended (or CSCI 52)

  • CSCI 12 - Object-Oriented Programming (3 units) - requires pre-requisite
  • CSCI 52 - Introduction to SQL (3 units)- requires pre-requisite
  • DES 5 - Computer-Aided Drafting 1A (3 units)- you'll have to take another equivalent and get waiver.
  • DES 6 - Computer-Aided Drafting 1B (3 units )- requires pre-requisite
  • ENGR 10 - Engineering Survey Measurements (4 units) - requires pre-requisite
  • When or before you complete your coursework, submit "petition" form with Admissions and Records to receive your "Skills Certificate" from Sierra College. See official Catalog of Classes for all details.
  • Complete this petition process one semester in advanced -- as deadlines are early.
  • For any classes waived, you must submit "substitution" form.