Online GIS Certificate Program

Course Offerings

One unit of credit equals four semester hours. 

GIS 100 Introduction to Geospatial Technologies 
1 credit
This course is an introduction to geographic information systems (GIS), including its development, components, data types, formats and applications. It examines the processes involved in order to capture data, manipulate data, analyze date sets and display spatial data through online lectures and classroom hands-on computer experience. The use of GIS for practical “real-world” applications is emphasized. Students will be afforded the opportunity to learn about the broad applications of GIS, appreciate the usefulness of it and use it as an invaluable tool to visualize spatial patterns not otherwise visible.

GIS 200 Remote Sensing Technologies
1 credit
Remote sensing is the science of deriving information about the earth’s land and water areas from images acquired at a distance. It usually relies upon measurement of electromagnetic energy reflected or emitted from the features of interest. Advances in detector technology, the public availability of improved datasets from new instruments and new approaches to data analysis will be presented in this course. As such, the ability to work with and interpret remote sensing data is a valuable addition to any spatial project. The emphasis in this class will be on traditional remote sensing techniques such as aerial photography and satellite imagery. However, an introduction to uses of radar, microwave, gamma ray and neutron remote sensing techniques will also be provided. Explanation of and practical applications of the global positioning system (GPS) are also covered. Prerequisites: GIS 100 and ISG 100.

NOTE: Prerequisites, as listed, may be waived by the course instructor or GIS program coordinator if one can demonstrate the required level of competency.

GIS 300 Geospatial Capstone
1 credit
Utilizing knowledge from the previous courses in the sequence of the GIS Certificate Program, this course will expand upon spatial analyses and include applications for GIS. Students will gather data, build an original database and construct a project including an analysis of the information gathered to solve a practical problem. Projects will be presented and stored in the form of an electronic portfolio. Emphasis centers on hands-on training and solving practical spatial problems.

ISG 100 GIS Programming 
1 credit

This course will introduce the student to computer programming. It is oriented
toward Geographical Information Systems (GIS) applications. Using
Python, the course initially covers essential programming concepts such as
how to set and use variables; how to program using sequence, selection and
repetition structures; and how to write and call functions. The basics of using
the ArcGIS ModelBuilder component are discussed, including exporting
models to Python. Finally, an introduction to writing geoprocessing scripts
in Python is presented.
This course will introduce the student to computer programming. It is orientedtoward Geographical Information Systems (GIS) applications. UsingPython, the course initially covers essential programming concepts such ashow to set and use variables; how to program using sequence, selection andrepetition structures; and how to write and call functions. The basics of usingthe ArcGIS ModelBuilder component are discussed, including exportingmodels to Python. Finally, an introduction to writing geoprocessing scriptsin Python is presented.

ISG 200 Implementing Geodatabases 
1 credit
This course will introduce the student to the Microsoft Access database. The course initially covers essential relational database theory and normalization. SQL, a computer industry-standard syntax language for querying and manipulating a relational database, is then introduced. Next, the geodatabase model is presented, including feature classes and datasets, relationship classes and raster data. A number of case studies are presented. Finally, the student will get a hands-on introduction to building a geodatabase.

Prerequisites: GIS 100 and ISG 100.

Elmhurst College reserves the right to modify courses, schedules and program format without advance notice to students.

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