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Geographic Information Science Graduate Certificate (CERT)

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College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences


Kuuipo Walsh, Director
GIScience Certificate Program
134 Wilkinson Hall
College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331
541-737-3795
FAX 541-737-1200
Email: kuuipo.walsh@oregonstate.edu
Website: http://ceoas.oregonstate.edu/giscience/

Oregon State University offers an undergraduate and graduate certificate in Geographic Information Science. Geographic information science (GIScience) includes the existing technologies and research areas of geographic information systems (GIS), cartography, remote sensing, photogrammetry, and surveying (also termed geomatics in the U.S.). GIScience therefore addresses fundamental issues surrounding the use of digital technology to handle geographic information; namely, information about places, activities, and phenomena on and near the surface of the Earth that are stored in maps or images. GIScience includes questions of data structures, analysis, accuracy, meaning, cognition, visualization, and many more, and thus overlaps with the domains of many traditional disciplines (e.g., Earth science, mathematics, computer science, physics, cognitive science, and ethics). However, GIScience is not central to any of these, representing instead a new kind of scientific collaboration that is defined by researchers from many distinct backgrounds working together on particular sets of interrelated problems. The use of GIScience technologies (including, but definitely not limited to GIS) has become pervasive throughout the scientific community, natural resource management, government, industry, and business. Even small advancements in geographic information science are having broad effects in improving day-to-day tasks throughout all sectors of society.



Background Courses

GEO 360. Cartography (4)
MTH 112. Elementary Functions (4)
ST 201, ST 202. Principles of Statistics (4,4)
   or ST 351, ST 352. Introduction to Statistical Methods (4,4)
   or ST 511, ST 512. Methods of Data Analysis (4,4)
   or ECE 353. Introduction to Probability and Random Signals (3)

Required Core (7 credits)

GEO 544. Remote Sensing (4)
GEO 565. Geographic Information Systems and Science (3)

Electives (1011)

CE 513. GIS in Water Resources (3)
CS 549. Selected Topics in Information-Based Systems (15)
CSS/SOIL 568. Soil Landscape Analysis (4)
FOR 510. Internship (3 or more credits, advisor approval)
   or GEO 510. Internship (3 or more credits, advisor approval)
FOR 521. Spatial Analysis of Forested Landscapes (3)
GEO 541. Spatio-Temporal Variation in Ecology and Earth Science (4)
GEO 545. Computer-Assisted Cartography (3)
GEO 560. Multimedia Cartography (4)
GEO 566. Digital Image Processing (3)
GEO 580. Advanced GIS Applications in the Geosciences (4)
HORT 514. Information Systems in Agriculture (4)
OC 678. Ocean Remote Sensing (4)
RNG 550. Landscape Ecology and Analysis (3)
ST 565. Time Series (3)

 



Major Code: CG03

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