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 news News Flash -- 2017-18 academic year:

In Spring of 2018 we are offering Advance GIS (GEOG 93). Last year it was canceled due to low enrollment. So please sign up.

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 often because the two listed in the skill certificate flow chart are rarely offed in Design Drafting.


Main Courses:

 Geography 85 - Introduction to GeoSpatial Technologies

 Geography 86 - Global Positioning Systems (GPS) for GIS

 Geography 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

GIS 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)
  • When or before you complete your coursework, submit "petition" form with Admissions and Records to receive your "Skills Certificate" from Sierra College.
  • Complete this petition process one semester in advanced -- as deadlines are early.
  • For any classes waived, you must submit "substitution" form.
  • Note: Changes apply Fall 2016