GIS Certificate

GIScience is an emerging specialization that combines various aspects of computer science with geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, cartographic visualization, spatial statistics, and global positioning systems (GPS) in studying and solving geographical problems.

The Certificate in GIScience is made possible through the joint efforts of the Departments of Geography and Computer Science.

Certificate Requirements

To earn the Certificate in GISciences, students must (a) apply for admission to the program by contacting one of the program co-directors before the completion of 12 semester units of courses listed below and (b) complete the required units with a 2.5 grade point average. Non-SDSU students must enroll with the College of Extended Studies prior to taking courses. Nonmatriculated students can enroll in the certificate through the Open University program. For Open University information please see the College of Extended Studies website Leave geography site or call the College of Extended Studies registration office at 619-594-5152.

Certificate Curriculum

The Certificate requires 27 units distributed between the Departments of Geography and Computer Science as follows:

Geography (12-15 units)

  • 104 - Geographic Information Science and Spatial Reasoning
  • 381 - Computerized Map Design
  • 484 - Geographic Information Systems (Required)
  • 581 - Cartographic Design
  • 583 - Internet Mapping and Distributed GIServices
  • 584 - Geographic Information Systems Applications
  • 585 - Quantitative Methods in Geographic Research
  • 589 - GIS-Based Decision Support Methods
  • 591 - Remote Sensing of the Environment
  • 592 - Intermediate Remote Sensing of the Environment
  • 596 - Advanced Topics in GIScience

Computer Science (12-15 units)

  • 105 - Visual Basic Programming
  • 107 - Introduction to Computer Programming (Required)
  • 108 - Intermediate Computer Programming (Required)
  • 220 - UNIX and the C Programming Language
  • 237 - Machine Organization and Assembly Language
  • 310 - Data Structures
  • 320 - Programming Languages
  • 503 - Scientific Database Techniques
  • 514 - Database Theory and Inplementation
  • 520 - Advanced Programming Languages
  • 535 - Object-Oriented Programming and Design
  • 537 - Component GIS Architecture
  • 551 - User Interface Environments
  • 575 - Super Computing for the Sciences
  • 596 - Advanced Topics in Geocomputation
  • 615 - Spatial Databases

Courses with relevant content may be substituted for the geography and computer science courses listed above with the approval of the certified advisors.

Information

For more information on how you can obtain a Certificate in GIScience while you meet the requirements for your undergraduate major, or as a post-baccalaureate student, contact:

Dr. Piotr Jankowski
Department of Geography
SH 310
619.594.0640
pjankows@sdsu.edu

Dr. Carl Eckberg
Department of Computer Science
GMCS 543
619.594.6834
eckberg@rohan.sdsu.edu