2016-2017 Catalog > Graduate Studies > Graduate Academic Programs and Fields of Study > Graduate Certificate Programs > Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Environmental Biology, Certificate
Program Director: April Boulton, Ph.D., firstname.lastname@example.org; 301-696-3649
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are a special class of information systems that are used for processing and analyzing geographically referenced (georeferenced) data. Georeferenced data, a special category of spatial data, have two crucial properties. First, georeferenced data are registered to an accepted geographical coordinate system of the Earth’s surface so that data from different sources can be cross-referenced and integrated. Second, georeferenced data are represented at geographic scale and must be generalized and symbolized. Understanding and using georeferenced data will require study of the fundamental principles of cartography.
Students will gain practical knowledge in the following areas:
Students applying for the certificate in GIS program must complete an essay (550 words or less) that inclused background experience and future goals. All official transcripts must be submitted. Two letters of recommendation are suggested but not required. A minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA is required for admission to the Graduate School and to the Environmental Biology program, however a GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred.
Once students successfully complete ENV 526G and ENV 526H and meet all the pre-requisites for a given course, students will select an additional 9 credits of GIS electives. The elective courses will require a major GIS-related project or paper in order to receive certificate credit. It is the student’s responsibility to inform the instructor of an elective course whether the GIS-option is being selected by the drop/add deadline each semester.
ENV 579G, ENV 580G: Available only to students simultaneously pursuing the MS in Environmental Biology.
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