GIS Certificate for Undergraduate

Program Overview

 Lamar University offers the region's first complete certificate program in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The Department of Earth and Space Sciences offer a GIS Certificate for undergraduate, graduate students, and professionals. GIS offers 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, public health 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’s students and professionals additional future career opportunities and enhance their present positions. The GIS certificate is a 15-hour program administered by the Department of Earth and Space Sciences.

Careers

  • Locate your dream job as 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 3311

Fundamentals of GIS

3

Fall/Summer

GEOL 3312

Advanced GIS

3

Fall/Summer

GEOL 3314

Fundamentals of Remote Sensing

3

Fall

Elective Courses

GEOL 4313

GIS Research Project

3

Fall/Spring/Summer

GEOL 4316

Remote Sensing for Environmental Analysis

3

Spring

GEOL 4301

Drone Photogrammetry

3

Summer

GEOL 3303

GPS Methods and Apps

3

Fall

CPSC 4335

Image Processing

3

Spring/Summer

COSC 4334

Computer Vision

3

Fall/Summer

CVEN 2370

CAD & Surveying

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