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​The Certificate Program requires 20 hours of instruction. It provides sophisticated education in cartography/GIS and proper training for employment in the geotechnology industry. There are five required courses to complete the certificate:

GEO 241, 242 and 344 must be taken in sequence. GEO 241 is a pre-requisite for GEO 391. GEO 243 can be taken at any time. Please contact the Department if you are considering pursuing the GIS Certificate, even if you are a declared geography major.

In order to earn a certificate in GIS,  a student must:

  • Earn at least a grade of C- in each Certificate course.
  • Earn at least a cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all courses applied to the Certificate.
  • Earn a letter grade. The pass / fail option may not be selected for courses in the Certificate.    

GEO 241

GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS I

An introductory-level course covering the fundamentals of GIS. Topics include GPS, remote sensing, data models (vector and raster), coordinate systems, and map design. Instruction is accomplished through lectures and hands-on computer lab exercises using ArcGIS.
Prerequisites:
LSP 120 or HON 180 or (MAT 130 or above) or instructor permission is a prerequisite for this course,

GEO 242

GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS II: COMMUNITY GIS

An intermediate-level course. Students conduct real-world GIS projects for community organizations in Chicagoland. Topics include data capture, manipulation, database design, data quality, and spatial analysis. Students will complete projects following best practices of GIS project management. Instruction is accomplished through lectures and hands-on computer lab exercises using ArcGIS.
Prerequisites:
GEO 241 is a prerequisite for this class.

GEO 243

REMOTE SENSING

An introduction to the fundamentals of remote sensing, the analysis of the earth through air or space borne sensors. Special topics include image interpretation, image processing, urban change analysis, environmental monitoring, and photogrammetry. Instruction is accomplished through lectures and hands-on lab exercises using ArcGIS Desktop. A comprehensive final project using techniques learned from your work completes the course.
Prerequisites:
LSP 120 or HON 180 or (MAT 130 or above) or instructor permission is a prerequisite for this course,

GEO 343

REMOTE SENSING II

This course presents intermediate to advanced techniques in remote sensing, analysis of the earth through air or space borne sensors. Remote Sensing II provides 2nd level depth to some of the more advanced techniques of remote sensing and image interpretation. There is a special focus on urban/environmental applications of remote sensing, i.e. the detection, delineation, identification, and quantification of processes occurring in and around cities which affect the environment. Remote sensing technologies have, to an increasing extent, become integrated and deployed through geographic information systems (GIS) technology. Students learn to integrate techniques from this course to produce information products that are useful in the support of public and private decision-making. Techniques covered include advanced classification, georeferencing, LIDAR, and hyperspectral data analysis. The course will be taught through integrated hands-on activities, lectures and a comprehensive final project.
Prerequisites:
GEO 243 is a prerequisite for this course.

GEO 344

GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS III: SPATIAL ANALYSIS FOR SUSTAINABLITY

An advanced-level course. Students conduct spatial analysis of sustainability issues of their interests. Topics include pattern point analysis, network analysis, spatial interpolation, and hydrologic modeling with GIS. Instruction is accomplished through lectures and hands-on computer lab exercises using ArcGIS. PREREQUISITE(S): GEO 242 or consent of instructor. Formerly GEO 244.
Prerequisites:
GEO 242 is a prerequisite for this class.

GEO 391

RESEARCH TECHNIQUES

An overview of research techniques in geography with a focus on a statistical approach. Students will get versed in quantitative reasoning by learning how statistical concepts and techniques are applied to geographic problems. Topics include research concepts, research design, descriptive statistics, and inferential statistics geared toward understanding geographic phenomena. Instruction is accomplished through lectures and hands-on exercises using calculators, SPSS and ArcGIS.
Prerequisites:
GEO 241 is a prerequisite for this class.