A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a computer system for capturing, storing, querying, analyzing, and displaying geographically referenced data. Since its beginning, GIS has been used widely in fields such as land use planning, forest management, wildlife habitat analysis, and natural hazard assessment. In more recent years the range of GIS applications has broadened to many other fields including law enforcement, oil and gas industry, market analysis, facilities management, and transportation planning, etc.
Geographic Information System is an important component of what is known as the new geography or geotechnology. Demand for those with training and expertise in the new geography has experienced unprecedented growth in the recent decade and the U.S. Department of Labor notes that geotechnology, nanotechnology, and biotechnology are the three "most important emerging and evolving fields".
The Department of Geography and Geology at SHSU offers a GIS Certificate Program developed to provide students with GIS skills required in today's job market. The GIS certificate curriculum is developed with the objective of providing a solid foundation in GIS theories and applications. Students enrolled in a GIS Certificate program at SHSU will learn to use technological tools and skills in their areas of expertise and in several major application areas which are widely applicable. This includes use of GIS in infrastructure management, planning and business applications. The curriculum will provide students with hands-on experience in major GIS and remote sensing software packages such as ArcGIS and ERDAS IMAGINE. Students will learn the different spatial data structures and their essential properties; principles, and methods for collecting spatial data; principles of map design and effective cartographic communication; methods of spatial analysis, ways spatial data can be used to investigate complex problems; and how to customize GIS software to meet organizational needs.
The program is intended to serve:
- recent graduates who wish to acquire technical expertise to support knowledge gained in their undergraduate major.
- returning students who wish to acquire specialized training to meet current or future job requirements.
- students at the undergraduate level who wish to demonstrate a level of mastery of the subject area by obtaining a certificate.
For more information about the GIS Certificate Program, please contact:
Dr. Falguni Mukherjee
Sam Houston State University
Department of Geography and Geology
Lee Drain Building, Room 325
1900 Ave I
Huntsville, TX 77341