Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

This introductory course focuses on fundamental principles and concepts behind the use and application of geographic information systems (GIS). Students will learn how to think spatially, become familiar with information technology, produce maps, communicate effectively using spatial information, and conduct data analysis with GIS.
Starting at $1,875.00
As few as 10 weeks
5.0 Credits

What you can learn.

  • Learn to create maps, perform geographic data analysis, and answer geographic research questions
  • Develop, sharpen, and reinforce geographical knowledge and spatial awareness across different fields
  • Demonstrate how a geographic perspective can complement, extend, and apply across the physical, biological, environmental, and social sciences
  • Learn how to use GIS software like ArcGIS and other platforms

About this course:

This course teaches students essential GIS and geospatial technology competencies including spatial thinking and problem solving, tabular data management and visualization, map projection management, cartographic visualization and thematic mapping, application of SQL-based queries and selections, and much more. Instruction is techniques-oriented, focusing heavily on practical applications of GIS methods and practices using the industry-standard ArcGIS software platform. All course exercises situate GIS within both its practical and economic context. Key concepts and ideas are reinforced through practical assignments and activities with GIS.

This is an online course, wherein all course content is delivered online and all interaction among the instructor and the participants will take place online. Students will be earning transferable UCLA course credit for all courses in the certificate program. This course is accredited and approved by the UCLA Academic Senate as a credit-bearing course. It carries lower-division undergraduate credit. Weekly activities include reviewing video lectures, technical screencasts, and readings. Completing practical assignments involve the use of GIS methods to address real-world scenarios; Self-assessment using automated non-graded quizzes; and more.

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Technical requirements: Students are responsible for providing a personal computer with at least 2GB of RAM that runs Windows 7 or better. Macs can be used provided that Windows is installed either using Boot Camp or virtualization (VirtualBox, Parallels, etc.) with at least 2GB of RAM allocated to Windows. Students will be provided with a student license for ArcGIS as long as they are enrolled in program courses.

Spring 2019 Schedule

These courses are fully online, and there are no in-person classroom meetings.

Instructor: Michael Shin, Nick Burkhart
48 days left. Enroll by Apr 8, 2019
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Required course in the GIS & Geospatial Technology Certificate program. Midterm and final exams are proctored online; additional requirements include microphone, headphones/speakers, and webcam.

Enrollment limited to 50 students; early enrollment recommended. Visitors not permitted. Enrollment deadline: April 15, 2019. Internet access required. Materials required.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after April 15, 2019
Course Requirements
Essentials of Geographic Information Systems, 2.0 by Shin, M., Campbell, J. and Burkhart, N.
Internet access required to retrieve course materials

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Speak to a program representative. Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

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