Certificate Program and Minors

We offer a certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and minors in Environmental Science and Physical Geography.

 

Geographic Information Systems Certificate

ERS has switched its GIS minor to a GIS Certificate Program. In making this change, we strengthened the course content so our graduates will be more competitive in the workforce. The change to a certificate will also allow us to offer the program to off-campus professionals, and provide a springboard to a Master’s Degree in GIS.

There are three “Tiers” to the GIS Certificate Program:

Tier 1 (14 credits) provides the basics of spatial analysis, GIS, and Remote Sensing.  Courses here include:
GEO 203 (3)  - Introduction to Spatial Analysis
GEO 304 (3)  - Remote Sensing of the Environment
RPL 370 (4) -  Geographic Information Systems I
RPL 371 (4)  – Geographic Information Systems II

Tier 2 (5-8 credits) consists of advanced analytical methods and skills, including programming, database design, and advanced spatial analysis/GIS methods. Courses included are:
One from:
GEO 404 (4) - Spatial Analysis Seminar
GEO 498 (3)  -  Internship
RPL 470 (3)  - GIS Practicum
One from:
CSC 152 (2)  – Database Management Software
CSC 173 (3)  -  Visual BASIC for Windows
CSC 175 (4)  – Problem Solving and Programming I

Tier 3 (3 credits) focuses on specific disciplines and enable students to build subject area knowledge.
Anthropology
ANT 110 Intro to Archaeology
ANT 311 Historical Archaeology
ANT 322 Eastern North American Archaeology
ANT 318 Mesoamerican Archaeology
Biology
BIO 111 Organismal Biology
BIO 423 Wildlife Ecology and Management
Business Management
BUS 211 Business Statistics
BUS 381 Management Information Systems
Earth and Resource Science
GEO 491 Sustainable Systems Seminar
RPL 411 Reimagining Cities
RPL 472 Watershed Management
Engineering and Design
EGR 165 Computer Aided Design
EGR 310 Engineering Economics
Public Administration
PUB 422 Environmental Law and Public Policy
PUB 448 Urban Renewal
PUB 449 Green Community Development
PUB/RPL 476 Environmental Planning
Public Health
PHS 315 Intro to Epidemiology
PHS 420 Environmental Health

Environmental Science Minor

Environmental Science Minor

Requirements. Eighteen credits, as follows:

  1. ENV 100 , ENV 102 ENV 492 GEO 282 ; RPL 270 .

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Physical Geography Minor

Physical Geography Minor

This program provides a strong background in physical geography for those students who wish to add a technical component to their degree programs.

Requirements. (21 credits).

  1. GEO 150 , GEO 151 .
  2. Geophysical Systems.
    GEO 331 ; one of: GEO 265 , GEO 272 , GEO 282 .
  3. Analysis and Graphics.
    GEO 304 ; one of: GEO 404 ; RPL 370 , RPL 470 , RPL 476  (6-7 credits).

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