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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.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) - Upcoming Classes

Class Name

Learn basic principles of map design and map reading. Explore concepts such as map scale, coordinate reference systems, projections, datums, symbology, and labeling conventions. Learn map interpretation with healthy skepticism. Create maps on a digital platform. Prerequisite: Basic computer experience. Recommended Textbook: How to Lie with Maps 3rd Edition, ISBN 978‐0226435923. The book may be purchased from the UNM Bookstore or Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/'' style=''color: rgb(149, 79, 114); text‐decoration: underline; font‐family: Calibri; font‐size: 14.666666984558105px; font‐style: normal; font‐variant‐caps: normal; font‐weight: normal; letter‐spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text‐align: start; text‐indent: 0px; text‐transform: none; white‐space: normal; widows: auto; word‐spacing: 0px; ‐webkit‐text‐size‐adjust: auto; ‐webkit‐text‐stroke‐width: 0px;.

Section Spring 1

69304
$425
02/04/2020 - 02/20/2020
Tue, Thu 6:00 PM ‐ 8:00 PM
Sandeep Talasila
CE South Building

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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. Learn where to acquire GIS data. Prerequisite: 69304 or equivalent experience. Prerequisite: 69304 or equivalent experience. Required Text: Getting To Know ArcGIS Desktop, fifth edition, ISBN 978‐1589485105. The book may be purchased from the UNM Booksore or Amazon at www.amazon.com.

Section Spring 1

69305
$525
02/25/2020 - 03/21/2020
Tue, Thu 6:00 PM ‐ 8:00 PM and Sat 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM
Sandeep Talasila
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. Learn about geoprocessing tools available in ArcToolBox and how to run them. Build Geodatabase topology. Learn how to work with elevation data to derive hillshade images, slope, and aspect. Prerequisite: 69305. Required Text: Getting To Know ArcGIS Desktop, fifth edition, ISBN 978‐1589485105 . The book may be purchased from the UNM Bookstore or Amazon at www.amazon.com.

Section Spring 1

69306
$525
03/24/2020 - 04/18/2020
Tue, Thu 6:00 PM ‐ 8:00 PM and Sat 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM
Sandeep Talasila
CE South Building

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Explore QGIS, the leading open source desktop software and discover how it's being used to solve real world problems. Get an introduction to the QGIS project and QGIS Desktop. Changes in the new 3.x line will be highlighted. 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. QGIS certification fee included in registration fee. Required Text: Discover QGIS 3.x ‐ https://locatepress.com/dq3

Section Spring 1

69321
$425
03/31/2020 - 04/09/2020
Tue, Thu 2:00 PM ‐ 5:00 PM
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. Create joins, work with selections, develop new attribute columns, create and populate a SpatiaLite and GeoPackage databases, 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. QGIS certification included in registration fee. Prerequisite: QGIS: Beginning. Required Text: Discover QGIS 3.x ‐ https://locatepress.com/dq3

Section Spring 1

69322
$425
04/14/2020 - 04/23/2020
Tue, Thu 2:00 PM ‐ 5:00 PM
Kurt Menke
CE South Building

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Learn advanced hands?on techniques in GIS. 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

Section Spring 1

69307
$525
04/16/2020 - 05/09/2020
Tue, Thu 6:00 PM ‐ 8:00 PM and Sat 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM
Sandeep Talasila
CE South Building

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Learn advanced data visualization techniques only available in QGIS such as Blending Modes, Live Layer Effects, working with the Time Manager, Geometry generators, implementing expression based symbology and working with Mesh data. Learn how features such as Editing in Place and Editing widgets can lead to more efficient workflows. Create animations in the new 3D environment. Learn how to use the Processing Modeler to automate workflows. Work with linear networks to find the shortest route. Process raster data and work with hydrologic modeling tools. QGIS certification included in registration fee. Prerequisite: QGIS: Intermediate. Required Text: Discover QGIS 3.x ‐ https://locatepress.com/dq3

Section Spring 1

69323
$425
05/14/2020 - 05/26/2020
Tue, Thu 2:00 PM ‐ 5:00 PM
Kurt Menke
CE South Building

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Geographic Information Systems Certificate

Required Classes (4)
Class Name

Learn basic principles of map design and map reading. Explore concepts such as map scale, coordinate reference systems, projections, datums, symbology, and labeling conventions. Learn map interpretation with healthy skepticism. Create maps on a digital platform. Prerequisite: Basic computer experience. Recommended Textbook: How to Lie with Maps 3rd Edition, ISBN 978‐0226435923. The book may be purchased from the UNM Bookstore or Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/'' style=''color: rgb(149, 79, 114); text‐decoration: underline; font‐family: Calibri; font‐size: 14.666666984558105px; font‐style: normal; font‐variant‐caps: normal; font‐weight: normal; letter‐spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text‐align: start; text‐indent: 0px; text‐transform: none; white‐space: normal; widows: auto; word‐spacing: 0px; ‐webkit‐text‐size‐adjust: auto; ‐webkit‐text‐stroke‐width: 0px;.

69304 | $425

Cartography Basics - Spring 1

02/04/2020 - 02/20/2020
Tue, Thu 6:00 PM ‐ 8:00 PM (6 Session Total)
Sandeep Talasila
CE South Building

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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. Learn where to acquire GIS data. Prerequisite: 69304 or equivalent experience. Prerequisite: 69304 or equivalent experience. Required Text: Getting To Know ArcGIS Desktop, fifth edition, ISBN 978‐1589485105. The book may be purchased from the UNM Booksore or Amazon at www.amazon.com.

69305 | $525

Geographic Information Systems: Beginning - Spring 1

02/25/2020 - 03/21/2020
Tue, Thu 6:00 PM ‐ 8:00 PM and Sat 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (9 Session Total)
Sandeep Talasila
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. Learn about geoprocessing tools available in ArcToolBox and how to run them. Build Geodatabase topology. Learn how to work with elevation data to derive hillshade images, slope, and aspect. Prerequisite: 69305. Required Text: Getting To Know ArcGIS Desktop, fifth edition, ISBN 978‐1589485105 . The book may be purchased from the UNM Bookstore or Amazon at www.amazon.com.

69306 | $525

Geographic Information Systems: Intermediate - Spring 1

03/24/2020 - 04/18/2020
Tue, Thu 6:00 PM ‐ 8:00 PM and Sat 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (8 Session Total)
Sandeep Talasila
CE South Building

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Learn advanced hands?on techniques in GIS. 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

69307 | $525

Geographic Information Systems: Advanced - Spring 1

04/16/2020 - 05/09/2020
Tue, Thu 6:00 PM ‐ 8:00 PM and Sat 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (8 Session Total)
Sandeep Talasila
CE South Building

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Geographic Information Systems with QGIS Certificate

Required Classes (4)
Class Name

Learn basic principles of map design and map reading. Explore concepts such as map scale, coordinate reference systems, projections, datums, symbology, and labeling conventions. Learn map interpretation with healthy skepticism. Create maps on a digital platform. Prerequisite: Basic computer experience. Recommended Textbook: How to Lie with Maps 3rd Edition, ISBN 978‐0226435923. The book may be purchased from the UNM Bookstore or Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/'' style=''color: rgb(149, 79, 114); text‐decoration: underline; font‐family: Calibri; font‐size: 14.666666984558105px; font‐style: normal; font‐variant‐caps: normal; font‐weight: normal; letter‐spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text‐align: start; text‐indent: 0px; text‐transform: none; white‐space: normal; widows: auto; word‐spacing: 0px; ‐webkit‐text‐size‐adjust: auto; ‐webkit‐text‐stroke‐width: 0px;.

69304 | $425

Cartography Basics - Spring 1

02/04/2020 - 02/20/2020
Tue, Thu 6:00 PM ‐ 8:00 PM (6 Session Total)
Sandeep Talasila
CE South Building

Learn More and 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 the QGIS project and QGIS Desktop. Changes in the new 3.x line will be highlighted. 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. QGIS certification fee included in registration fee. Required Text: Discover QGIS 3.x ‐ https://locatepress.com/dq3

69321 | $425

QGIS: Beginning - Spring 1

03/31/2020 - 04/09/2020
Tue, Thu 2:00 PM ‐ 5:00 PM (4 Session Total)
Kurt Menke
CE South Building

Learn More and Register

Move beyond the basics of QGIS and learn how to use Plugins, add basemaps to QGIS Desktop. Create joins, work with selections, develop new attribute columns, create and populate a SpatiaLite and GeoPackage databases, 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. QGIS certification included in registration fee. Prerequisite: QGIS: Beginning. Required Text: Discover QGIS 3.x ‐ https://locatepress.com/dq3

69322 | $425

QGIS: Intermediate - Spring 1

04/14/2020 - 04/23/2020
Tue, Thu 2:00 PM ‐ 5:00 PM (4 Session Total)
Kurt Menke
CE South Building

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Learn advanced data visualization techniques only available in QGIS such as Blending Modes, Live Layer Effects, working with the Time Manager, Geometry generators, implementing expression based symbology and working with Mesh data. Learn how features such as Editing in Place and Editing widgets can lead to more efficient workflows. Create animations in the new 3D environment. Learn how to use the Processing Modeler to automate workflows. Work with linear networks to find the shortest route. Process raster data and work with hydrologic modeling tools. QGIS certification included in registration fee. Prerequisite: QGIS: Intermediate. Required Text: Discover QGIS 3.x ‐ https://locatepress.com/dq3

69323 | $425

QGIS: Advanced - Spring 1

05/14/2020 - 05/26/2020
Tue, Thu 2:00 PM ‐ 5:00 PM (4 Session Total)
Kurt Menke
CE South Building

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