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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Certificate

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 is offered entirely online. The programs consists of four courses totaling 84 hours of lecture and are project based. The certificate graduate will receive 8.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Non-California Residents

Due to state and federal regulations, non-California residents may only enroll in CSUF online courses when their state has authorized CSUF as a provider. Click here for more information.

It is recommended that participants who reside outside of United States and whose first language is not English must possess English language proficiency equivalent to a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper), 80 (iBT) or IELTS score of 6.5.

It is the participant’s responsibility to demonstrate English language proficiency necessary to fully participate in the class lectures and discussions.

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Winter / Spring 2020
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10/27/19-12/22/19 Online Online-Variable

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

It is recommended that participants who reside outside of United States and whose first language is not English possess English language proficiency equivalent to:
A minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper) or 80 (iBT) or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5
There is no need to send the test score to the University.  It the participant's responsibility to demonstrate English language proficiency necessary to fully participate in the class lectures and discussions. 

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
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
Dean, University Extended Education and AVP, International Programs & Global Engagement University Extended Education, California State University, 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

Program Details

Location: Online
Length: 8 months
Cost: $3,210*
Next Start: Fall 2019

*Cost is approximate and subject to change

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