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Certificate in Geographic Information Science

This certificate provides experience in quantitative spatial analysis using Geographic Information Systems software, remotely sensed imagery and field-derived data, and effective communication through maps. The certificate serves as a supplement to standard degree programs. Further information on the GIScience Certificate is available from the Geography undergraduate advisor, and online at www.csulb.edu/geography.

This certificate program is eligible for Financial Aid. Please see the department web site for required Federal disclosure information.

Requirements

1. A bachelor's degree, which may be earned concurrently.

2. Consultation with the certificate advisor in the Geography Department.

3. Satisfactory completion of prerequisites (9 units):

  • GEOG 200 Introduction to Research Methods for Geographers (3) or equivalent
    Prerequisite: None
  • GEOG 280 Intro Geospatial Techniques (3) or equivalent
    Prerequisite: None
  • GEOG 380 Introduction to Digital Cartography & Analysis (3)
    Prerequisite: None

4. A minimum of 23 units distributed as follows:

A. Core Courses. Take all the following courses:

  • GEOG 400 Multivariate Geographical Analysis (4)
    Prerequisite: GEOG 200 or any introductory statistics course or consent of instructor.
  • GEOG 473 Remote Sensing (4)
    Prerequisites: GEOG 200 (or equivalent) and GEOG 280 or GEOG 471 or GEOG 481; or consent of instructor.
  • GEOG 485/585 Principles of Geographic Information Science (4)
    Prerequisites: GEOG 200 or equivalent AND GEOG 280 or GEOG 471 or GEOG 481; or consent of instructor.

B. Specialization (three courses):

Students are encouraged to select a specialization in one of the following three areas, although courses can be selected between categories with advisor approval.

Geographic Information Systems:

  • GEOG 487A/587A, GEOG 487B/587B, GEOG 488/588

Remote Sensing:

  • GEOG 475

Cartography:

  • GEOG 482, GEOG 484/584

One of the following courses may be substituted for the above courses with advisor consent: GEOG 446, GEOG 492, GEOG 494, GEOG 497, GEOG 697, GEOG 680. Substitutions may also be made for courses in database, computer programming, surveying and/or web design and visualization with approval from the Certificate Advisor.


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