Certificate Program Description

Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems

 Assefa Melesse, Director, Earth and Environment

 Coordinating Committee

 Zhaohui Jennifer Fu, Library GIS-RS Center

Jennifer Gebelein, Earth and Environment
Hugh Gladwin, Global and Sociocultural Studies
Dean Whitman, Earth and Environment
Keqi Zhang, Earth and Environment
Xin Jin, Civil and Environmental Engineering

  

A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a set of computer hardware and software used to organize, manipulate, and analyze maps and spatial data.  GIS is a rapidly developing technology that can be applied to many areas of the natural sciences, social sciences, engineering, and planning.

The Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems provides students with an interdisciplinary background in GIS. The program consists of graduate level courses in Geographic Information Systems and related subjects offered by the departments of Biology, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, Earth and Environment, Global and Sociocultural Studies, Public Administration, and Statistics. This certificate program is open to degree-seeking students ONLY.

For more information, contact the Program Director, Assefa M. Melesse: phone: (305) 348-6518; email: melessea@fiu.edu,  or visit the GIS Center website: http://gis.fiu.edu.

 

Admission Requirements

 Applicants must satisfy all minimum requirements as specified by the University Graduate School for admission into Graduate Programs.

     In addition, the applicant must satisfy the following minimum requirements:

  1. A bachelor's degree in engineering or natural or social sciences or a bachelor's degree in arts or humanities or languages, plus either 1) minimum GRE score of 1000 (combined Quantitative and Verbal score) or 2) at least two years of professional experience in relevant fields, such as Computer Science, Engineering, Earth Sciences, Information Science, International Relations, Environmental Studies, Economics/MBA, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, Biology, or Public Health.
  2. Basic proficiency with computers.

 

Prescribed Courses and Other Requirements

 The certificate program will require 15 graduate level credits (5 courses) distributed as follows:

 

Required Courses: (One course from each of the following 3 categories)

 1. Introduction to GIS

CGN 5320             GIS Applications for Civil and Environmental Engineering

GIS 5050               Environmental GIS

Students who demonstrate prior GIS course work or substantial GIS work experience may substitute this requirement with 3 elective credits from the courses listed below with approval of the Program Director.

 

2. Intermediate/Advanced GIS

CGN 6325             Advanced GIS for Civil and Environmental Engineering

EVR 5044             Advanced GIS and Environmental Data Analysis

GLY 5758              GIS and Spatial Analysis for Earth Sciences

SYA 6356              GIS and Social Research

                            or equivalent

 

3. Remote Sensing

GLY 5754              Applied Remote Sensing in Earth Sciences

                            or equivalent

 

Electives: (6 credits out of the following)

COP 6727             Advanced Database Systems

EVR 6268             Remote Sensing in Hydrology

EVR 7056             GIS Water Resources

EVR 7329             Watershed Analysis and Management

GIS 5620               Surveillance, Intelligence, and International Relations

GIS 5935               Topics in GIS

MET 5412             Remote Sensing in Meteorology

PCB 5328             Spatial Ecology

PAD 6710             IT and E-government

PAD 6717             GIS Applications for Urban Management

                           or equivalent

                             or
Additional intermediate/advanced GIS courses under Category 2 Required Courses,

                             or
Other GIS-related courses approved by the Program Director in consultation with the Coordinating Committee. Up to 3 credits of a graduate level statistics or data analysis course may be counted towards the Certificate requirements with approval of the Program Director.