Geographic Information Science Graduate 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, and many others.
Certificate Code: CG03
- 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.
|GEOG 370||CARTOGRAPHY 1||4|
|GEOG 560||GISCIENCE I: INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCE||4|
|GEOG 580||REMOTE SENSING I: PRINCIPLES AND APPLICATIONS||4|
|Select 11 credits from the following:||11|
|GIS IN WATER RESOURCES|
|DIGITAL TERRAIN MODELING|
|3D LASER SCANNING AND IMAGING|
|GEOMETRIC MODELING IN COMPUTER GRAPHICS|
|UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEM REMOTE SENSING|
|INTERNSHIP (1 or more credits with advisor approval)|
|PLANNING PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES FOR RESILIENT COMMUNITIES|
|GISCIENCE II: ANALYSIS AND APPLICATIONS|
|GISCIENCE III: PROGRAMMING FOR GEOSPATIAL ANALYSIS|
|GISCIENCE IV: SPATIAL MODELING|
|GEOSPATIAL PERSPECTIVES ON INTELLIGENCE, SECURITY AND ETHICS|
|SPATIO-TEMPORAL VARIATION IN ECOLOGY AND EARTH SCIENCE|
|ADVANCED SPATIAL STATISTICS AND GISCIENCE|
|ADVANCED WEB MAPPING|
|GEOVISUALIZATION: GEOVISUAL ANALYTICS|
|SATELLITE IMAGE ANALYSIS|
|GIS AND PUBLIC HEALTH|
|OCEAN REMOTE SENSING|
|SOIL LANDSCAPE ANALYSIS|
|The following courses may count towards elective credits after consulting with and receiving approval from the program director|
|SELECTED TOPICS IN GEOMATICS ENGINEERING|
|SELECTED TOPICS IN COMPUTER SCIENCE|
|SELECTED TOPICS ON DATA SCIENCE & SYSTEMS|
Students must have completed GEOG 370 or have equivalent introductory cartography experience. The course can either be completed prior to starting the certificate program or pursued in tandem with the other courses in the certificate
Certificate Code: CG03