Geographical Information Science Certificate

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Geographic Information Science(GIS) is designed for students who hold a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in fields other than GIS and desire to continue their education in Geographic Information Science. Candidates for the certificate are required to complete 32 credit hours of GIS related courses; 20 of these credit hours must be taken at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Students are required to meet all other academic standards. The Coordinator of the Geographic Information Science program or a designee may waive certain courses if a student has previously completed appropriate GIS courses. Students must apply for the certificate and complete a Certificate Plan approved by the Coordinator of the Geographic Information Science program or a designee.

Required GISC courses (33 Semester Hours)
GISC 1336 - Digital Drafting and Design (3 sem. hrs.)

An introduction to graphic and drafting principles and practices in surveying and mapping science. This course includes the development of the basic drafting skills needed to produce surveying plats and graphical presentations. The elements of descriptive geometry are addressed. A major component of the course is an introduction to the fundamentals of computer-aided drafting and design (CADD).

GISC 1470 - Geospatial Systems I (4 sem. hrs.)

Introduction to geographic information systems (GIS) and its theoretical foundations. Topics covered include vector and raster data models, acquisition and manipulation of data, cartography, current topics, data quality, and basic spatial analysis. Principles and uses of GIS software also covered.

GISC 2301 - Geospatial Systems II (3 sem. hrs.)

An intermediate level course in the concepts and applications of geographic information systems (GIS). Topics covered include spatial database design and management, raster analysis, terrain mapping, analysis, and applications.

GISC 2438 - Geospatial Software Systems I (4 sem. hrs.)

Introduction to the design and development of GIS software to solve spatial problems. Topics covered include programming basics, design and implementation common tasks in GIS applications.

GISC 3300 - Geospatial Mathematical Techniques (3 sem. hrs.)

Characteristics of geographic/spatial information; overview of relevant sections of numbers, algebra and geometry, plane and spherical trigonometry, matrices, determinants and vectors, curves and surfaces, integral and differential calculus, partial derivatives, with an emphasis on geospatial applications. Concepts of geospatial coordinate systems and geospatial coordinate transformations; overview of spatial statistics and best-fit solutions with geospatial applications.

GISC 3420 - Geospatial Software Systems II (4 sem. hrs.)

Advanced programming course focusing on the design and implementation of GIS scripts and GIS web applications. Topics covered include GIS web applications, web mashups, GIS scripts, GIS tool creation, and advanced user interface design and implementation.

GISC 3421 - Visualization for GIS (4 sem. hrs.)

Basic elements of thematic cartography, cartographic theory, and cartographic projections. Integration of cartographic principles with GIS visualization. Principles of map design with GIS data.

GISC 4431 - Remote Sensing (4 sem. hrs.)

Provides the foundations to interpret, process, and apply remotely sensed data acquired by satellites and sub-orbital platforms (aircraft, UAVs) for mapping and analysis of our natural and built environment. Principles of electromagnetic energy-matter interaction, remote sensing systems and data characteristics, digital image processing, and information extraction methods will be covered. Included is treatment of: aerial photogrammetry; multispectral, thermal, and hyperspectral sensing; earth observation satellites; radar and lidar; emergent topics. Emphasis will be on their use for geospatial and environmental applications.

COSC 1435 - Introduction to Problem Solving with Computers I (4 sem. hrs.)

A broad introduction to many Computer Science topics including: algorithms, problem solving, operating system concepts, computer architecture, and programming languages.


Students must earn at least a 2.0 overall grade point average in all GISC courses.