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Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Coordinator of the Graduate Certificate Program in
Richard G. Lathrop
Three foci define research in geospatial information science:
1. One strand of research addresses the fundamental questions of the human conceptualization of space and how geospatial information is generated, located, recorded, modeled, manipulated and /or communicated through computer technology.
2. A second strand of research addresses how geospatial information science and technology can be applied to real world problems across a variety of physical, environmental, and social science disciplines.
3. A third strand of research investigates the societal implications of GIS technology on social interactions on a variety of levels, e.g., people to the environment, people to people, and people to government.
The Certificate program is designed to
introduce students to these three strands of research, as well as provide the
students hands-on training in the technology so that they may apply it in their
disciplinary areas of research.
To receive the certificate, students must complete, in addition to the
requirements in their major program, the prerequisites, basic and advanced
topics courses listed below. In addition, the student must complete a 3
credit seminar in Geospatial Information Science that will serve as a capstone
Individual students should discuss their academic preparation with the Certificate Coordinator to determine whether the prerequisites have been fulfilled or to determine an appropriate suite of classes to fill any gaps.
Proficiency in computer
programming, introductory cartography, geographic information systems, remote sensing
and basic statistics. If this
proficiency is lacking, we recommend the appropriate undergraduate courses be taken:
01:198:111 Introduction to Computer Science (3)
01:960:401 Basic Statistics for Research (or equivalent) (3) or equivalent Introductory Statistics course
01:450:355 Principles of Cartography
As an alternative, the ESRI Virtual Campus (http://campus.esri.com/) has a host of online courses that may potentially be used to fulfill some prerequisites. Some of these courses are free and some have fees. Use of these online courses to fulfill a prerequisite must be pre-approved by the Certificate Coordinator.
Basic Topics in Geospatial Information Science (6 cr.)
One course each in geographic information systems and remote sensing as prerequisite for the Certificate seminar:
34:970:592 Topics in Geographic Information Science (Bloustein) (3)
16:455:501 Seminar in Geospatial Information Science (3)
This seminar will address the three foci that define research in geospatial information science: 1) human conceptualization of space as it relates geospatial information; 2) applications of geospatial information science and technology; and 3) societal implications of GIS technology.
Click here to view the syllabus in PDF format.
Advanced Topics in Geospatial Information Science (3 cr.)
One course from the list
16:450:605 Land Change Science (3)
Alternative courses can be substituted with permission of
the Certificate Coordinator.
As an alternative, a pre-approved independent or directed study may be substituted. An independent study could be coupled with an online course or courses taught through the Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education (http://aesop.rutgers.edu/~ocpe/programs/geomatics.html). For example, the University Consortium of Geographic Information Science periodically offers instructor-led online courses on special topics that may satisfy this requirement. In addition, the ESRI Virtual Campus (http://campus.esri.com/) has a host of online courses that cover specific advanced topics. Use of these online/continuing professional education courses to fulfill an advanced topic requirement must be pre-approved by the Certificate Coordinator.
Prospective Students: How to Apply
Students interested in geospatial information science and applying to Rutgers University for graduate study should contact the graduate program that most closely aligns with their education/career goals. Prospective students are also encouraged to contact individual faculty members for more specific information on their research programs.
General information on
Present Students: How to Enroll
Graduate students interested in completing the Graduate Certificate Program need to officially enroll in the program. For more information or to enroll in the graduate certificate program, contact Professor Richard Lathrop (contact info at top of page).
Page last updated, October 2, 2013, CRSSA