University of Texas at El Paso Academic Catalog

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Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Information Science and Technology

This Graduate Certificate program will provide training for students to gain knowledge and skills necessary to employ Geospatial Information Science and Technology (GIST) in their field of expertise. GIST is a collective term used to describe geographic information systems, remote sensing, global positioning, internet mapping, and other approaches for collecting, managing, analyzing, and visualizing data with spatial attributes. The program combines training in core GIST concepts with exposure to how GIST is being applied in different disciplines. Students will become experienced using the leading industry system ESRI’s ArcGIS Pro, as well as other proprietary and open source systems such as ERDAS, ENVI, and QGIS. This program is appropriate for students from many disciplines and is especially relevant to students from geology, environmental science, social science, criminal justice, intelligence and national security studies, and civil or mechanical engineering.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the program requires an application to the program through the graduate school. This can occur through the graduate school at the same time students apply to another graduate program. Students who have previously been admitted to another graduate program may submit a form indicating their intention to complete this certificate directly to the program. There are no prerequisite courses, although knowledge of some programming, statistics, and/or mathematics is helpful. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is required for admission into the program. Students with prior coursework or experience in GIS may have the introduction to GIST requirement waived by the program but must substitute another three credit hour course. 

Degree Plan 

Credit hours: 15

Required courses
GEOL 5321Introduction to GIST3
or GEOL 6331 Introduction to GIST
GEOL 5322Advanced GIST3
or GEOL 6322 Advanced GIST
Select three courses from the list below:
Image Processing
Intro to Remote Sensing Syst
Spat Analysis Earth/Env Sci
Spat Analysis Earth/Env Sci
Machine Learning in Geoscience
Machine Learning in Geoscience
Intro to Remote Sensing
Intro to Remote Sensing
Digital Image Processing
Digital Image Processing
Quantit Techniq Geological Sci
Commercial Imagery
Geospatial Intelligence
Environmental Justice
Cartography & Visualization
The following topics courses Directed Study or Independent Study must be GIST - related and approved in advance by the program. Other relevant courses may be applied wit permission from the program.
Select Adv Topics Biol Science
Special Topics Electrical Engr
Topics in Environmental Sci.
Selected Topics-Geological Sci
Adv Topics in Geological Scien
Total Hours15