The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Certificate at Shasta College provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to apply principles, methods and tools of geographic information systems (GIS). Students develop foundation principles of maps, geographically referenced data, imagery and global positioning systems. GIS fundamentals are taught, both in conceptual and practical terms. Students learn the design of geographic databases and the capture of data using global positioning systems (GPS) and remotely sensed imagery. Spatial analysis skills are developed, from basic geographic inquiry through more complex analysis using GIS overlays and models. Students learn the principles and practice of remote sensing and image processing for integration with GIS and GPS. Maps are designed and implemented for output in hardcopy and digital formats. Worksite learning allows students to gain GIS workplace experience and to develop contacts among the community of GIS professionals. Successful students will have strong computer and critical thinking skills. Refer to http://www.shastacollege.edu/gis for more information.

This certificate is approved through the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. Upon satisfactory completion of all certificate requirements and filing an application for graduation with Admissions and Records, the student’s transcript will reflect completion of this certificate. 

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this certificate, the student should be able to:

  • Explain and summarize key GIS concepts, applications and societal implications.
  • Perform GIS data acquisition, capture, editing, and attributing.
  • Manage GIS data through file management, database design, georeferencing and conversion.
  • Perform GIS analysis using queries, overlay functions, and models.
  • Produce a portfolio of maps demonstrating effective communication, design aesthetics, application of GIS tools and use of cartographic standards.
  • Employ best practices for GIS project design, planning, and implementation.
  • Effectively engage with community through projects, volunteer activities, user meetings and worksite learning.

Certificate Requirements

  • GEOG 5 Digital Planet: GIS and Society 3 
  • GEOG 9 Map and Geospatial Principles 3
  • GEOG 10 Introduction to GIS 3
  • GEOG 12 GIS Data Design and Capture 3
  • GEOG 13 GIS Spatial Analysis (3) OR GEOG 14 GIS Cartography and Visualization (3) OR GEOG 15 Introduction to Remote Sensing (3)
Choose 3 units from the following: 3
  • GEOG 21 GIS-CAD Integration (1)
  • GEOG 24 Customizing GIS (1)
  • GEOG 25 GIS Projects (1)
  • GEOG 94 GIS Worksite Learning (1-2)
Total Units for Certificate: 18

For reference only as of 2019/2020

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