Geospatial Technology Certificate

This 10-unit certificate program prepares students in methods of data collection, analysis, storage, and visualization of various forms of spatially referenced data.

The components of geospatial technology encompass several technical fields including:

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS): computer-based mapping, analysis, and storage of spatially referenced data
  • Global Positioning Systems (GPS): acquisition of real-time location data from a series of satellites in the Earth’s orbit
  • Remote Sensing (RS): acquisition and analysis of data and imagery from the use of satellites and aircraft

The certificate program includes coursework in each of these areas and is designed to provide students with a professional skill set.

Upon completion of the certificate program students will be able to:

  • locate, acquire, organize, and assess spatially referenced data
  • apply underlying theory associated with geospatial technologies to optimize solutions for environmental problem solving and natural resource management
  • use geospatial technologies to evaluate problems and communicate results using appropriate geospatial methodologies in a professional manner

Courses

Core

ENVM 673 GIS 1 Accelerated Introduction to GIS for Environmental Science

GIS BadgeThis course serves as an introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS). It is designed to provide students with basic concepts, principles and applications of GIS and their use in the decision-making process pertaining to natural resource management. Students will perform practical exercises using ESRI's ArcGIS software, the industry standard in GIS applications.

ENVM 674 GIS2 Accelerated Intermediate GIS

GIS BadgeThis class serves as an intermediate environmental science GIS course for students who have taken GIS1 Accelerated Introduction to GIS for Environmental Science. This course will explore the practice of using GIS to support spatial inquiry and decision making for environmental scientists. Students will strengthen their technical knowledge of common tasks that they will face in applying GIS to a variety of environmental problems. The lab section offers an opportunity to gain hands-on experience using a leading commercial GIS to complete a series of real-world projects. Students will also develop an integrative class project that encompasses geographic data inputs, processing and analyses directed towards an environmental scientific investigation.

ENVM 680-2 GIS3 Accelerated Advanced GIS

GIS BadgeThis course builds on the lessons learned in GIS 1 & 2 and is designed to focus on the more complex analytical techniques available in full featured GIS software applications. Students will continue to explore the practice of using GIS to support spatial inquiry and decision making for environmental scientists. Students will strengthen their technical knowledge of advanced tasks that they will face in applying GIS to a variety of environmental problems. The lab section offers an opportunity to gain hands-on experience using a leading commercial GIS to complete a series of real-world projects. Students will also develop an integrative class project that encompasses geographic data inputs, processing and analyses directed towards an environmental scientific investigation.

Electives

ENVM 680-3 Web Mapping Google Earth Engine

GIS BadgeThis class will introduce students to the science of Remote Sensing utilizing next generation cloud base analytical technology (Google Earth Engine). Google Earth Engine (GEE) is a planetary-scale platform for environmental data analysis. It brings together over 40 years of historical and current global satellite imagery, and provides the tools and computational power necessary to analyze and mine that vast data warehouse. Current applications include: detecting deforestation, classifying land cover and land cover change, estimating forest biomass and carbon, and mapping the world’s roadless areas. The lab section offers an opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience using GEE to complete a series of real-world environmental remote sensing projects. Students will also develop an integrative class project that encompasses remote sensed data inputs, processing and analyses directed towards an environmental scientific investigation. Although no prior programming experience is required, the course is specifically designed to bring out the “coder” in the “non-coder” GISer, and will teach the basics of selected programming languages.

ENVM 680-4 Web Based Geospatial Analysis

GIS BadgeThis course will examine web based geospatial technologies to help students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to plan, design, develop and publish simple web-based GIS solution. Students will learn how GIS on the internet differs from the desktop experience, and how to adequately prepare spatial information for the web. Although no prior programming experience is required, the course is specifically designed to bring out the “coder” in the “non-coder” GISer, and will teach the basics of internet programming languages. Different web-authoring tools will be explored, including a web based content management platform, CartoDB, OpenStreetMap, and Torque.

Currently we only accept USF students. We hope to accept non-USF students soon. Let us know if you're interested!

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