GIS Certificate for Graduate

Program Overview

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) has become an integral aspect for supporting decision making in a variety of fields such as physical and environmental sciences, urban planning and management, political science, civil engineering, economy/business, education administration, real estate, and health care. The primary goal of the program is to ensure that students become sufficiently grounded in the concepts and theory behind GIS including organization, management, and visualization of geospatial data. Students will have the opportunity to gain valuable GIS knowledge and skills that can be applied to careers in both academia and industry. GIS certificates will provide Lamar students additional future career opportunities and enhance their present positions. The GIS certificate is a 15-hour program administered by the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Careers

  • Locate your dream job as Geoscientist, Geospatial Analyst, GIS Analyst, GIS Data Manager, GIS Developer, GIS Specialist, GIS Technician, and Project Manager.
  • The geospatial market is growing at an annual rate of nearly 35%, with commercial ventures increasing at a rate of 100% each year. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the median wages for a Geographic Information Systems Technicians, Scientists, or Technologists are $86,510 per year nationwide.

Admission

  • There are no requirements for Lamar students. No prior knowledge of GIS is required.

Coursework

Coursework consists of THREE core courses, and TWO elective courses.

Required Courses

Course #

Course Name

Credits

Semester

GEOL 5311

Principles of GIS

3

Fall/Summer

GEOL 5312

Advanced GIS Analysis and Applications

3

Fall/Summer

GEOL 5315

Principles of Remote Sensing

3

Fall

Elective Courses

GEOL 5313

Geospatial Research Project

3

Fall/Spring/Summer

GEOL 5316

Remote Sensing Data and Applications

3

Spring

GEOL 5301

Drone Photogrammetry and Applications

3

Summer

GEOL 5303

Advanced GPS Methods and Apps

3

Fall

COSC 5311

Advanced Data Mining

3

Fall

COSC 5340

Advanced Data Science and Big Data Analysis

3

Spring

CVEN 5370

GIS Apps in Engineering

3

Spring

Program Director

Dr. Reda Amer

Director of Geospatial Center

Director of GIS Programs
Lamar University
Geology Building

P.O Box 10031

Beaumont, TX 77710
Office: 409-880-8234
Fax: 409-880-8246
E-mail: ramer2@lamar.edu