Geographic Information Science Certificate
Also available via Ecampus.
Kuuipo Walsh, Director
Geographic Information Science Certificate Program
134 Wilkinson Hall
College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331
Oregon State University offers an undergraduate and graduate certificate in Geographic Information Science. Geographic Information Science ("GIScience") is a discipline that combines theory and principles underlying:
- geospatial data collection (remotely sensed imagery from satellites, aircraft, and drones, social media, telemetry, GPS, etc.);
- technologies to manage, analyze, and visualize geospatial data (geographic information systems);
- computational, statistical, and mathematical methods to analyze and model geospatial data (machine learning, Big Data, spatial statistics, spatial modeling, geovisual analytics, etc.);
- cartography and geovisualization (the science and practice of creating maps); and
- social, and environmental implications of GIScience (professional ethics, privacy, digital divide, etc.).
The OSU GIScience certificate can help lead to certification as a nationally-recognized geographic information systems (GIS) professional (GISP). GIS professionals are in high demand for jobs in government, NGOs, and the private sector, and have rewarding careers in natural resource management, conservation, public health, urban planning, online and interactive mapping, business, planning, and many others.
Certificate Code: C540
- Demonstrate skill in integrative spatial thinking and effective implementation of various spatial analysis methods, as well as collaborative learning across several sub-disciplines within the GIScience field.
- Develop solid grounding in GIScience technology and the appropriate application of that technology (software, data collection instruments and devices).
- Express familiarity with a wide variety of research applications, management and decision-support scenarios, with the capacity to apply knowledge to natural resource problems at a variety of spatial and temporal scales.
|FE 208||FOREST SURVEYING||4|
|GEOG 201||*FOUNDATIONS OF GEOSPATIAL SCIENCE AND GIS||4|
|GEOG 380||REMOTE SENSING: PRINCIPLES AND APPLICATIONS||4|
|or FE 444||FOREST REMOTE SENSING AND PHOTOGRAMMETRY|
|Select one course from the following:||3-4|
|GISCIENCE I: GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND THEORY|
|GIS AND FOREST ENGINEERING APPLICATIONS|
|CIVIL ENGINEERING: GEOSPATIAL INFORMATION AND GIS|
|Select 7-8 credits from the following:||7-8|
|GIS IN WATER RESOURCES|
|DIGITAL IMAGE PROCESSING|
|FOREST ROUTE SURVEYING|
|UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEM REMOTE SENSING|
|SURVEY OF GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS IN NATURAL RESOURCE|
|QUANTITATIVE GEOSPATIAL ANALYSIS AND MODELING|
|PLANNING PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES FOR RESILIENT COMMUNITIES|
|GIS AND SPATIAL DATA SCIENCE|
|GISCIENCE III: PROGRAMMING FOR GEOSPATIAL ANALYSIS|
|GEOSPATIAL PERSPECTIVES ON INTELLIGENCE, SECURITY AND ETHICS|
|GEOVISUALIZATION: GEOVISUAL ANALYTICS|
|SATELLITE IMAGE ANALYSIS|
|SOIL LANDSCAPE ANALYSIS|
|The following courses may count towards 1-4 elective credits with approval from the program director:|
Baccalaureate Core Course (BCC)
Certificate Code: C540