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Ferris Online Geographic Information Systems

Geographic Information Systems Certificate

Advanced Training, New Opportunities

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is an evolving technology that has changed greatly in the last decade and is affecting many disciplines. This certificate has been designed to provide fundamental knowledge and skills needed to implement GIS in your business or organization. You will examine fundamental principles of GIS and its applications including hardware and software. Explore database concepts, algorithms to manage spatial data, cost benefit analysis, GIS project management, and digital data dissemination methods using internet technologies.

You will work with database management, raster and vector GIS applications software on various case studies including nature and environmental conservation, real estate administration, marketing and city management. Spatial data collection techniques such as land surveying, Global Positioning System, photogram metric mapping, remote sensing, Lidar, and mobile mapping will also be studied. Geodetic and Cartographic data from the Federal Government will be explored as well as mapping procedures and accuracy standards. Principles of the cadastre system will be taught including the public land survey system, property descriptions, and boundary surveys.

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Work on your classes when and where it works for you with the flexibility and convenience of online classes. The online option isn’t just traditional classes with an internet spin. It is web-native, built specifically for the online learning environment by our industry expert faculty and course designers. Engage in lectures and collaborate with your peers and instructors wherever you are.

Geographic Information Systems

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Gabor Barsai
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Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the Geographic Information Systems certificate program, you must have the following:

New Student Admission Requirements

  • Admitted to Ferris State University and in good academic standing.
  • Competency in ENGL 150 with minimum grade of C or higher or have permission from instructor.
These requirements also apply to Transfer Students.

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