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Geographic Information Systems Certificates

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) professionals are needed in many industries. Thousands of organizations including businesses, government, educators and scientists, environmental and conversation organizations use GIS to solve problems and improve processes. Many occupations that use GIS as an essential tool for data analysis, marketing, and cost containment. Our instructors are experts who use GIS in their daily work.

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Geographic Information Systems Certificate

Prerequisite Classes (As Needed)

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Learn the basic functions of the latest Windows operating system and how to customize its setup. Work with files and folders, shortcuts and properties. Resize windows, use the taskbar, start menu and recycle bin, and get an introduction to shortcuts. In addition, explore popular software and get started with launching programs. Note: See Course Skills Assessment. Prerequisite: 51010 or basic computer experience.

Note: This class uses Windows 10. UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Professional Development.

51101 | $249

Windows: Beginning - WIA-PD

2/27/17 - 3/6/17
Mon, Wed 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (3 Session Total)
Chris Bandy
CE South Building

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Windows: Beginning - SPA-PD

4/22/17 - 4/29/17
Sat 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM (2 Session Total)
David Maldonado
CE South Building

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Get hands-on training with the Mac's latest user-friendly operating system. Learn the basics of file management, navigating the Finder, setting up the Dock, customizing preferences, creating and saving files and backing up your computer. Become familiar with the concepts of peripherals, utility applications and cloud computing with iCloud. Note: http://ce.unm.edu/assets/pdf/digital-arts/digital-arts-course-skills-assessment.pdf?utm_source=lumens&utm_medium=course-description&utm_campaign=da-skills-assessment. Prerequisite: 54010 or equivalent experience.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Professional Development.

54101 | $249

Mac OS X: Beginning - SPA-PD

4/22/17 - 4/29/17
Sat 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM (2 Session Total)
Chase Allard
CE South Building

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or basic computer familiarity

Required Classes (4)
Class Name

Learn basic principles of map making and map reading. Explore issues such as scale, declination, elevation, and location systems. Learn the elements of USGS maps, as well as digital map elements and systems.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible.

69304 | TBA

Basic Cartography

TBA

This class will be scheduled on a future date. Please check with the Computers/ IT Program Supervisor for more information.
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Explore the world of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and how it's being used to solve real world problems in this introductory course. Learn about data models, file formats, and geodatabases. Discuss the various software and hardware tools currently in use, with a focus on ArcGIS. Learn how to work with ArcMap and ArcCatalog. Work with coordinate reference systems, symbolize data, compose a map, create data from coordinate tables, and work with tables. Build and populate a file geodatabase and implement topology. Learn where to acquire GIS data. Prerequisite: 69304 or equivalent experience. Required Text: Getting To Know ArcGIS Desktop v10.1, ISBN 978-1589483088. The book may be purchased from the UNM Booksore or Amazon at www.amazon.com.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Professional Development.

69305 | $395

Geographic Information Systems: Beginning - WIA-PD

2/28/17 - 3/9/17
Tue, Thu 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (4 Session Total)
Kurt Menke
CE South Building

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Go beyond the basics of GIS and tackle more involved tasks. Learn how to map density, measure proximity, classify data, edit vector data, georeference imagery, create joins, work with selections and create new attribute columns. Get an introduction to ArcToolBox and see how to run tools. Geoprocessing tools that will be introduced include clip, dissolve, and buffer. Learn how to work with elevation data to derive hillshade images, slope, and aspect. Prerequisite: 69305. Required Text: Getting To Know ArcGIS Desktop v10.1, ISBN 978-1589483088. The book may be purchased from the UNM Bookstore or Amazon at www.amazon.com.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Professional Development.

69306 | $395

Geographic Information Systems: Intermediate - SPA-PD

3/28/17 - 4/6/17
Tue, Thu 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (4 Session Total)
Kurt Menke
CE South Building

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Learn advanced hands-on techniques used by GIS professionals. Topics include working with extensions such as Spatial Analyst and 3D Analyst. Learn how to work with raster data and work with ArcScene to build 3D scenes. Batch process data in ArcToolBox, create your own toolboxes, and automate workflows by building a model in Model Builder. Prerequisite: 69306. Required Text: GIS Tutorial I: Basic Workbook 10.1 Edition, ISBN 978-15889483354. The book may be purchased from the UNM Bookstore or Amazon at www.amazon.com.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission Eligible under Professional Development.

69307 | $395

Geographic Information Systems: Advanced - SPA-PD

4/25/17 - 5/4/17
Tue, Thu 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (4 Session Total)
Kurt Menke
CE South Building

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Certificate Total: $1,580 for 48 hours


Geographic Information Systems with QGIS Certificate

Prerequisite Classes (As Needed)

Choose 1:

Class Name

Learn the basic functions of the latest Windows operating system and how to customize its setup. Work with files and folders, shortcuts and properties. Resize windows, use the taskbar, start menu and recycle bin, and get an introduction to shortcuts. In addition, explore popular software and get started with launching programs. Note: See Course Skills Assessment. Prerequisite: 51010 or basic computer experience.

Note: This class uses Windows 10. UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Professional Development.

51101 | $249

Windows: Beginning - WIA-PD

2/27/17 - 3/6/17
Mon, Wed 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (3 Session Total)
Chris Bandy
CE South Building

Register Online for this Class

Windows: Beginning - SPA-PD

4/22/17 - 4/29/17
Sat 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM (2 Session Total)
David Maldonado
CE South Building

Register Online for this Class
Register by Phone at (505) 277-0077 | M-F 8am-5pm Except UNM Holidays
More Ways to Register

Get hands-on training with the Mac's latest user-friendly operating system. Learn the basics of file management, navigating the Finder, setting up the Dock, customizing preferences, creating and saving files and backing up your computer. Become familiar with the concepts of peripherals, utility applications and cloud computing with iCloud. Note: http://ce.unm.edu/assets/pdf/digital-arts/digital-arts-course-skills-assessment.pdf?utm_source=lumens&utm_medium=course-description&utm_campaign=da-skills-assessment. Prerequisite: 54010 or equivalent experience.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Professional Development.

54101 | $249

Mac OS X: Beginning - SPA-PD

4/22/17 - 4/29/17
Sat 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM (2 Session Total)
Chase Allard
CE South Building

Register Online for this Class
Register by Phone at (505) 277-0077 | M-F 8am-5pm Except UNM Holidays
More Ways to Register

or basic computer familiarity

Required Classes (4)
Class Name

Learn basic principles of map making and map reading. Explore issues such as scale, declination, elevation, and location systems. Learn the elements of USGS maps, as well as digital map elements and systems.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible.

69304 | TBA

Basic Cartography

TBA

This class will be scheduled on a future date. Please check with the Computers/ IT Program Supervisor for more information.
Register by Phone at (505) 277-0077 | M-F 8am-5pm Except UNM Holidays
More Ways to Register

Explore QGIS, the leading open source desktop software and discover how it's being used to solve real world problems. Get an introduction to QGIS Desktop and QGIS Browser. Learn about adding data, working with vector and raster data, styling data, working with coordinate reference systems, and using the Print Composer to create maps. Also find out about help resources and installation options.nPrerequisite: 69304 or equivalent experience. Required Text: Learning QGIS, Second Edition, ISBN 978-1784392031. The book may be purchased from the UNM Bookstore or Amazon at www.amazon.com.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Professional Development.

69321 | $395

QGIS: Beginning - SPA-PD

4/11/17 - 4/20/17
Tue, Thu 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (4 Session Total)
Kurt Menke
CE South Building

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Move beyond the basics of QGIS and learn how to use Plugins, add basemaps to QGIS Desktop and use advanced data styling techniques unique to QGIS. Create joins, work with selections, develop new attribute columns, create and populate a SpatiaLite geodatabase, use georeference imagery, edit vector data, and use the Processing Toolbox to geoprocess data. Geoprocessing tools to be introduced include clip, dissolve, buffer, hillshade, slope and aspect. Prerequisite: 69321. Required Text: Mastering QGIS, 978-178439868. The book may be purchased from the UNM Bookstore or Amazon a www.amazon.com.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Professional Development.

69322 | $395

QGIS: Intermediate - SPA-PD

5/9/17 - 5/18/17
Tue, Thu 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (4 Session Total)
Kurt Menke
CE South Building

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Register by Phone at (505) 277-0077 | M-F 8am-5pm Except UNM Holidays
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Certificate Total: $1,580 for 48 hours


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