Geographic Information Systems Professional Concentration

  • UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education
  • Remote
  • Mar 22, 2021
Part time Education Information Technology Other

Job Description

Gain the Essential Skills Needed to Become a GIS Pro

A broad variety of industries—from planning and engineering to agriculture and public health—utilize geographic information systems (GIS) in some capacity, making a practical understanding of GIS technology a valuable asset to any professional. Whether you want to start a new career in GIS or advance your existing GIS skill set, our Geographic Information Systems Professional Concentration program provides a practical understanding of GIS technology and its application, focusing on Esri’s ArcGIS software package.

What You’ll Learn

Students who complete this program will gain a clear understanding of GIS technology and terminology along with the training and expertise to put them to use. You’ll learn:

  • GIS terms, available systems (focusing on ArcGIS), data sources and GIS policy decisions
  • Spatial analysis, including working with ArcGIS tools such as, Spatial Analyst, ArcToolbox and ModelBuilder
  • GIS database design philosophy and maintenance
  • GIS techniques for watershed analysis
  • Python programming for GIS applications
  • How to manage sustainability projects using GIS applications
  • GPS and Global Navigation Satellite Systems--knowing where data comes from
  • Cartographic design, including choosing appropriate symbology and using scale-dependent rendering

What You’ll Get

Our program offers:

  • UC-quality courses that are approved by UC Davis and can be counted as elective credits toward the Land Use and Environmental Planning Certificate Program
  • GIS skills that are in high demand across many industries, giving you flexibility in the job market
  • One-on-one interaction with veteran GIS practitioners from a variety of industries
  • Class projects and case studies, conducted in a UC Davis computer lab, that offer relevant, hands-on learning opportunities that you can put to use immediately
  • Unique networking opportunities with instructors and fellow students that can help advance your career