Geographic information systems (GIS) display and manage all types of data over time, usually in the form of maps, charts, and reports, to help analyze patterns and trends.

GIS technology, easily integrated into any organization's information system, provides a quick and effective method for sharing data visually and solving problems. GIS is widely used in many fields and industries, including environmental science, architecture, engineering, medicine, municipal government, public health, social work, business, and a variety of research enterprises.

The 18-unit Certificate in Geographic Information Systems offered through University College teaches both fundamental and advanced concepts and skills, including design of GIS projects, operation of software, cartographic output, spatial analysis, and industry-specific applications of GIS. The certificate targets working professionals seeking course work and skill enhancement in the field, as well as students wishing to complement their academic interests with additional training in GIS.

Contact:Aaron Addison
Phone:314-935-6198
Email:aaddison@wustl.edu
Website:http://ucollege.wustl.edu/areas/certificates/gis

Certificate in Geographic Information Systems

Required Courses: 15 units

GIS 200Introduction to GIS3
GIS 300Advanced GIS3
GIS 303Digital Cartography3
GIS 421Spatial Data Modeling and Design3
GIS 422GIS Clinic (or GIS 450 Capstone Experience)3
Total units15

Elective Courses: 3 units

GIS 310GIS Programming3
GIS 425Public Health Applications of GIS3
GIS 426GIS for Engineering Applications3
GIS 427Public Sector Applications of GIS3

Visit https://courses.wustl.edu to view semester offerings for U90 GIS.


U90 GIS 200 Introduction to GIS

This course introduces students to the fundamental principles and applications of geographic information systems (GIS) and their underlying geospatial science. Topics include spatial data types, map coordinate systems and projections, basic spatial data analysis, and processing and visualizing data in GIS. Lectures are supplemented with lab sessions to develop problem-solving skills using ESRI ArcGIS software (including ArcView/ArcInfo and its Spatial Analyst extension).

Credit 3 units.


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U90 GIS 300 Advanced GIS

This course expands on the fundamental principles of GIS and applications of geographic information systems (GIS). The science behind many common GIS concepts are also covered. Topics include spatial database design, raster modeling, geostatistics, spatial analysis, GIS customization, and 3-D visualization. Lectures are supplemented with lab sessions to develop problem-solving skills using GIS software such as ArcGIS and Google Earth.

Credit 3 units.


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U90 GIS 303 Digital Cartography

In today's world, it is imperative that students develop the necessary skills to communicate their ideas to a large audience in an efficient manner. Graphics and visual representations are one of the most effective ways to neatly convey complex data sets to readers. This course presents both theoretical and hands-on mapping and graphical problems to students. Students will learn to solve these problems with self-created solutions. The course teaches students the basics of GIS-based mapping for producing publishable work. Students will develop basic skills in computer-aided mapping and computer drafting primarily using ARCGIS, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and Microsoft PowerPoint. Students will also be introduced to other mapping or statistical programs as needed.

Credit 3 units.


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U90 GIS 310 GIS Programming

This course introduces students to the use of Python and JavaScript in desktop and web geographic information systems, including the basics of Python and GIS task automation, python object modeling and publishing geospatial web services, and building a JavaScript/HTML web mapping application. Topics include the arcpy python library, ArcGIS API for JavaScript, dojo JavaScript framework, and d3 visualization library. We first study python for GIS automation and scientific spatial analysis, then move from programming in desktop GIS to programming in web GIS. Students learn how to use ArcGIS Server and other web services to create REST-based geospatial services, and then implement those services to create web mapping applications using common JavaScript frameworks. By the end of the course, students will be able to develop their own desktop and web client analysis and mapping applications.

Credit 3 units.


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U90 GIS 421 Spatial Data Modeling and Design

This course expands on the fundamental principles of GIS and applications of geographic information systems (GIS). The focus is covering common spatial database concepts. Topics include spatial database modeling, design, implementation; user needs assessments, CASE Tools and advanced geometry data types. Lectures are supplemented with lab exercises to develop problem-solving skills using GIS software and associated tools.

Credit 3 units.


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U90 GIS 422 GIS Clinic

The GIS Clinic places students in real work settings to provide direct experience with geospatial concepts and data. Students apply concepts and tools covered in all courses comprising the GIS Certificate program. GIS Clinic requires students to work on projects beginning to end, under supervision, and independently. The Clinic provides professional services to the university community as well as outside organizations. Possible clinic settings include working with faculty on research projects using GIS, working with local organizations to develop GIS data, and working on regional GIS initiatives.

Credit 3 units.


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U90 GIS 425 Public Health Applications of GIS

This course examines the use of Geographic Information Systems and spatial analysis concepts in health applications. The course requires an understanding of fundamental GIS principles, and will address practical real-world applications of GIS with a focus on public health. Topics addressed include establishing a GIS approach within an agency or organization, targeted analysis tasks, spatial aspects of epidemiology, health education, environmental hazards and more. Class meetings are a mix of lecture, discussion, and lab exercises. Lab exercises will leverage GIS software including ArcGIS, Google Earth, and various desktop applications.

Credit 3 units.


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U90 GIS 426 GIS for Engineering Applications

This course examines the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial analysis concepts as they relate to typical civil and environmental engineering. The course requires an understanding of fundamental GIS principles and addresses practical real-world applications of GIS with a focus on working with CAD and GIS together. Topics addressed include establishing a GIS approach within an engineering workflow, targeted analysis tasks, spatial aspects of road design, highway corridor studies, environmental hazards, and more. Class meetings are a mix of lecture, discussion, and lab exercises. Lab exercises will leverage GIS software including ArcGIS, Google Earth, CAD software such as Bentley Microstation and AutoCAD along with various desktop applications.

Credit 3 units.


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U90 GIS 427 Public Sector Applications of GIS

This course examines the use of geographic information systems (GIS) and geographic information science in the public sector, with a focus on GIS applications in local government and municipality services. The course requires an understanding of fundamental GIS principles, and will address practical application of fundamental and advanced GIS concepts and practices. Topics addressed include GIS implementation at the organization and department levels, problem solving with GIS, and geospatial project management. Lectures are integrated with lab sessions using GIS software including ArcGIS, Google Earth, and Open Street Map.

Credit 3 units.


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