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Geographic Information Systems, Certificate of Proficiency

Requirements

The Certificate of Proficiency in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) provides students with a focused program of study in the fundamentals required to succeed in a wide range of careers in geospatial science. GIS includes the hardware, software, and data required to capture, store, display, and analyze geographically referenced information. Students in the certificate program learn the theory and methodology of geospatial data collection, storage and management, interpretation, and visualization through courses in cartography, remote sensing, GIS theory and applications, and geospatial field methods. In directed class projects students apply geospatial data techniques to real-world problems while gaining firsthand experience in project design and management.

  Total Program Credits: 22

Discipline Core Requirements: 22 Credits
  GEOG 3100 Cartography 3
  GEOG 3400 Environmental Remote Sensing 3
 or SURV 2220 Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (3.0)  
  GEOG 3600 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 4
  GIS 3620 Advanced GIS for Geomatics 3
 or GEOG 3650 Advanced Geographic Information Systems (4.0)  
  GEOG 4100 Geospatial Field Methods 3
Complete 6 credits from the following courses: 6
  CS 1400 Fundamentals of Programming (3.0)  
  GEOG 482R GIS Internship (1-3)  
  GEOG 489R Student Research in Geography (1-4)  
  SURV 2030 Geodesy (3.0)  
  SURV 2210 Advanced Photogrammetry (3.0)  
  Or other courses with Departmental approval  

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Grade point average of 2.7 or above for all courses used to satisfy requirements of the certificate combined.
  2. Grade of C or higher in all courses used to satisfy requirements of the certificate.

 

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and italicized.


Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
GEOG 3100 Cartography 3
GEOG 3600 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 4
Elective   3
  Semester total: 10
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
GEOG 3400 Environmental Remote Sensing 3
GEOG 3650 Advanced Geographic Information Systems 3
GEOG 4100 Geospatial Field Methods 3
Elective   3
  Semester total: 12
  Degree total: 22

Department

Name:

Earth Science

Location:

PS 207

Telephone:

801-863-6295

Email:

michael.bunds@uvu.edu

Web Address:

www.uvu.edu/earthscience/

Chair:

Michael Bunds

 
 

Mission Statement

The Department of Earth Science’s mission is to provide students with a rewarding and dynamic educational experience. We pride ourselves on being able to offer personal attention to the needs of students with diverse backgrounds and educational goals, and to providing students with the opportunity to learn outside of the classroom in research, service-learning and internship projects. Our four degree programs (B.S. in Geography, B.S. in Geology, B.S. in Environmental Science and Management, and B.S. in Earth Science Education) provide a wide range of skills and knowledge that are applicable to today´s earth science job markets, as well as a broad-based science education that´s ideal for students planning to continue to graduate programs in law, education, business, or health fields. We also offer a Certificate of Proficiency in Geographic Information Systems, and a Minor in Geography. Our Department graduates professionals who are skilled and creative and who are well prepared to contribute toward solving earth and environmental science challenges faced here in Utah and worldwide.

Depending on the specific degree and elective courses chosen, a graduate will gain particular expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • Economic Geology
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Management
  • Geochemistry
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Geologic Hazards
  • Geomorphology
  • Hydrology
  • Paleontology
  • Petrology
  • Tectonics
 
 

Earth Science

  • Administrative Support: Brandi Pacchiega
  • Office: PS REC
  • Telephone: 801-863-6964
  • Email:    BPacchiega@uvu.edu
 
 

Faculty

Joel Bradford(1993)

Associate Professor

Department: Earth Science
Faculty



B.S., Vocational Education, Southern Illinois University; M.S., Cultural Anthropology, University of Utah.

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Michael Bunds(2001)

Associate Professor

Department: Earth Science
Department Chair, Faculty



B.A., Geological Sciences, University of California, Santa Barbara; M.S., Geology, University of California, Davis; Ph.D., Geology (Geochemistry, Structural Geology), University of Utah.

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Eddy Cadet(1993)

Associate Professor

Department: Earth Science
Faculty



B.S., Biology, University of Illinois; M.S., Environmental Sciences, Ph.D., Integrative Biological Sciences, Tuskegee University; Licensed Environmental Health Scientist (Utah); Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS).

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James Callison(1994)

Associate Professor

Department: Earth Science
Faculty



B.S., Biology, Southern Utah University, M.S., Range Science, Brigham Young University; Ph.D., Watershed Management, University of Arizona.

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Hilary Hungerford(2015)

Assistant Professor

Department: Earth Science
Faculty



B.A., Geography, University of Northern Colorado; M.A., Ph.D., Geography, University of Kansas.

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R. Kelly(2015)

Lecturer - Placeholder

Department: Earth Science
Faculty



B.S., Geology, Brigham Young University; M.S., Geology, Idaho State University.

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Michael Stearns(2017)

Assistant Professor

Department: Earth Science
Faculty



B.A., Geology and Geography, Michigan State University; M.S., Geology and Geophysics, University of Utah; Ph.D., Earth Science, University of California.

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Daniel Stephen(2003)

Associate Professor

Department: Earth Science
Faculty

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Coordinator, Environmental Studies

B.S., M.S., Geology, Univesity of Arkansas; Ph.D., Geology (Invertebrate Paleontology), Texas A & M University.

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Nathan Toke(2011)

Associate Professor

Department: Earth Science
Faculty



B.S., Geology, University of Vermont; M.S., Ph.D., Geological Sciences, Arizona State University.

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Justin White(2018)

Assistant Professor

Department: Earth Science
Faculty



B.S., Geographic Sciences, James Madison University; M.S., Geography, Virginia Tech; Ph.D., Geography, University of Nevada.

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Weihong Wang(2012)

Assistant Professor

Department: Earth Science
Faculty



B.Sc., Geophysics, M.Sc., Environmental Geology, Jianghan Petroleum University; M.Sc., Geology, Iowa State University; Ph.D., Marine Science, University of South Carolina.

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Alessandro Zanazzi(2011)

Associate Professor

Department: Earth Science
Faculty



B.S., M.S., Geology, University of Padua, Italy; M.S., Geology, Iowa State University; Ph.D., Geology, University of South Carolina.

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