Cutting-edge GIS training prepares students to apply geographic information systems technology skills to solve real-world problems. Whether you’re determining the best location for a new store, analyzing environmental damage, or viewing similar crimes in a city to detect a pattern, GIS plays a vital role in today’s toughest spatial challenges. GIS students receive applied instruction from professional practitioners who work in the ﬁelds they teach as they learn to plan, implement, and execute a geographic information systems project and learn skills in GPS, remote sensing, internet mapping, or digital image processing. Students will explore GIS fundamentals at a very hands-on, applied level necessary to succeed in the ﬁeld, plus learn the contextual background of GIS. From the management of natural resources to public utility management, public works engineering, environmental impact assessment, and even market research, students will learn the diverse fundamentals of each topic within the GIS industry and gain an insider’s perspective to speciﬁc ﬁelds as they each relate to geographic information systems. University College offers the region’s ﬁrst complete graduate certiﬁcate program in geographic information systems. Since the advent of GIS over 50 years ago, Colorado has become “Geotech Alley” leading the nation in GIS activity and development. This master’s degree and graduate certiﬁcate program is highly regarded due to its curriculum and faculty, state-of-the-art labs, and the fact that the skills and strategies you learn in class are immediately applicable.
Geographic Information Systems Outcomes
This program prepares students to: • Understand the nature of geographic data• Recognize appropriate applications of GIS technology to solve spatial problems• Apply GIS technology to solve real-world problems• Plan, implement, and execute a GIS project • Design and implement processes and content in organizations to meet the description of organizational excellence, which includes strong leadership• Online students will use a virtual lab• 24-seat GIS instructional lab• 16-seat advanced GIS lab• A remote sensing lab• A GPS lab• An Esri site license with Esri software products• Current licenses for Trimble Pathﬁnder Ofﬁce, ERDAS Imagine, ENVI, and other GIS and image processing software• Trimble mapping-grade GPS receivers• A community GPS base station serving the Front Range of Colorado
GIS Laboratory Facilities and Resources