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Professional Development, University Extended Education, California State University, Fullerton


GIS is a computer-based methodology for collecting, analyzing, modeling and presenting geographic data for a wide range of applications. The proliferation of desktop hardware and software has made these systems an important tool in our day-to-day lives. GIS data and the people trained in these methodologies and applications are becoming integral components in nearly every type of business and government service. The GIS professional must be competent in integrating geography, data and systems to solve a wide range of problems for business, healthcare, insurance, law enforcement and other industries.

An important component of this program is the project which is introduced in the first course and carried through the entire program. Certificate graduates will have a completed project portfolio to demonstrate GIS skills.

The Certificate in Geographic Information Systems provides two convenient options for completing the certificate: in-classroom or online. Each of the programs consist of four courses totaling 84 hours of lecture and are project based. The certificate graduate will receive 8.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

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Course Title
Winter / Spring 2015
Schedule #
Days Date Time Location Instructor
Th 02/05/15-03/12/15 6:30pm-9:30pm GG 259 Morales
Schedule #
Days Date Time Location Instructor
Th 03/19/15-05/07/15 6:30pm-9:30pm GG 259 Morales
Schedule #
Days Date Time Location Instructor
01/12/15-03/08/15 Online Online-Variable Underhill
Schedule #
Days Date Time Location Instructor
03/16/15-04/26/15 Online Online-Variable Underhill

At the conclusion of the certificate program, graduates will be able to:
- Provide a general definition and understanding of the key concepts and topics of GIS including a brief history of the industry;
- Understand the major components of a Geographic Information System including hardware, software and data;
- Identify the role and functions of the GIS Specialist in both the public and private sectors;
- Understand GIS database principles and build a GIS database, data type and data sources;
- Understand the fundamentals of ArcGIS and its related applications; and
- Complete a capstone project integrating the student's GIS knowledge and skills accumulated over the course of the certificate program.

- Recent Baccalaureate graduates across many disciplines
- Employees of organizations either utilizing or planning to utilize GIS
- Career changers - IT Professionals
- Retirees - second career

Jaime M Alas
Programmer/Analyst GIS, Information Technology Services, Downey Regional Medical Center
John C Carroll
Chair, Department of Geography, College of Humanities, California State University, Fullerton
Julie Cooper
Crime Analyst, Irvine Police Department
Carol Creighton
Associate Dean, University Extended Education, California State University, Fullerton
Lauren Henderson
Program Developer University Extended Education California State University, Fullerton
David Holt
Strategic Planner Health Care Systems, VA Loma Linda Health Care System
Paul Horvath
Director, Information Technology TC3 Health
Josephine M Jenneskens
GIS Analyst, City of Carson
Kari A Knutson Miller
Interim AVP, International Programs; Interim Dean, University Extended Education California State University, Fullerton
Pat Lussier
Program Manager, University Extended Education, Cal State Fullerton
Lew Nelson
Manager, Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice Industries, ESRI
Yong-Tae Park
Professor, Department of Information Sciences and Decision Sciences, Cal State Fullerton
Kurt Smith
Community Analysis and Technology, Director, Redlands Police Department
Karen K Underhill
GIS/Database Supervisor, Orange County Water District
Seth Waife
Representative, Health Care Industries, ESRI
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Certificate graduates will have a completed project portfolio to demonstrate GIS skills. Some courses available online.

Mimi Lawson

Program Info Sheet

"After completing the GIS Certificate, I now understand GIS capabilities and tool boxes and can quickly assess new datasets to determine what can and can’t be generated as output products. And I can add a GIS certificate to my resume!"
Maurice Masequesmay, Systems Engineer

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