GIS - Courses
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Students must complete 20 graduate credits, including 8 credits of core courses and 12 credits of courses selected from the list of electives. All certificate program courses must be taken for a letter grade (A-F). The program prerequisite, GEOG 380 (Maps and Geographic Information), cannot be used toward the certificate requirements.
Students admitted Fall 2011 or later have up to 3 years to complete the Certificate program. Only courses taken within 3 years of the program completion date can be used to fulfill the program requirements. Students admitted prior to Fall 2011 can use courses from up to 7 years prior to the certificate award; however, the program must be completed by Summer 2014.
Required core courses (8 credits)*:
|GEOG 588/USP 591||GIS I: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems||4 credits|
|GEOG 588L/591L||Concurrent registration in GIS Lab sessions||0 credits|
|GEOG 592/USP 592||GIS II: Applications||4 credits|
|GEOG 592L/592L||Concurrent registration in GIS II Lab sessions||0 credits|
*USP 531 or G 524 may be substituted for GIS I.
You may request a waiver of these 2 courses from the program director on the basis of prior educational background under the following circumstances:
1) If you have taken the courses at the undergraduate level or taken them as part of an undergraduate program at PSU.
2) If GIS I and GIS II equivalent courses were taken at another institution you must submit syllabi from those courses as part of your waiver request.
Waivers are at the discretion of the program director. If the waiver is not approved you must take GIS I and GIS II. If the waiver is approved you must take additional credits from the following list to fulfill the required 8 credits of core curriculum:
GEOG 575 Digital Compilation and Database Design - 4 credits
GEOG 581 Digital Image Analysis I: Intro - 4 credits
GEOG 597 Spatial Quantitative Analysis - 4 credits
Electives (12 credits):
|G 525||Field GIS||4 credits|
|GEOG 575||Digital Compilation and Database Design||4 credits|
|GEOG 580||Remote Sensing and Image Analysis||4 credits|
|GEOG 581||Digital Image Analysis I: Introduction||4 credits|
|GEOG 582||Digital Image Analysis II: Advanced||4 credits|
|GEOG 584||Cartographic Applications of GIS||4 credits|
|GEOG 585||Map Design and Production||4 credits|
|GEOG 589||Building a GIS Database with GPS||4 credits|
|GEOG 590||GIS Programming||4 credits|
|GEOG 593||Digital Terrain Analysis||4 credits|
|GEOG 594||GIS for Water Resources||4 credits|
|GEOG 595||Maps, Models, and GIS||4 credits|
|GEOG 597||Spatial Quantitative Analysis||4 credits|
|USP 543||Geographic Applications to Planning||4 credits|
|USP 593||Public Participation GIS||3 credits|
|Approved 510 courses||see experimental courses below|
Transfer credit is defined as eligible graduate credit taken at other accredited institutions. Two-thirds of the Graduate Certificate program requirements or 15 credits minimum, whichever is larger, must be taken at Portland State University. Transfer credits must be letter-graded with a B or higher and eligible for use in master’s degree programs at PSU. The Proposed Transfer Credit form (GO-11GC) must be used for approval of transfer credit.
Experimental 510 Courses
Due to the fast developments in geospatial technologies, some experimental courses can be used toward the Certificate with the approval of the Program Director. Please verify the eligibility with the instructor or Geography department before taking a 510 course to fulfill the Certificate requirements. Each student can have a maximum of one 510 course per program. The experimental course can only be used as a substitute for an elective, not a core course. Joint campus courses (JC 510) are considered transfer credits for which all transfer credit limitations apply.