Contact: Mike Hinke (Co-coordinator)
Contact: Austin Troy (Co-coordinator)
Geospatial Information Science (GIS), known to some as “computer mapping,” addresses the storage, management, analysis, synthesis, and display of spatial data and information. In the College of Architecture and Planning we use GIS to analyze and understand space, to answer the place-based questions posed by our stakeholders and our clients, and to create the planning- and research-oriented maps that are critical to communicating with stakeholders. Our work with GIS in the college is built on the many advances in Geospatial Information Science over the last 40 years.
This certificate program is intended for motivated people with a strong interest in the application of GIS to the design and planning professions. It is targeted both at students currently enrolled in a University of Colorado degree program who wish to add a credential to their degree, and working professionals who do not wish to enroll as degree students, but who wish to pursue a certificate to improve job skills.
Students who earn this Certificate through the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado Denver will exit the program with the following:
- An understanding of GIS theory and concepts
- Technical mastery of general GIS methods using ArcGIS, as well as familiarity with remote sensing
- Familiarity with common public geospatial data sources, as well as metadata standards
- Knowledge of data interoperability, including how to move data and maps from one software platform to another; examples of software include Adobe Creative Suite, 3D Studio Max, SketchUp, RhinoTerrain, ArcMap, and Quantum GIS
- Specialized skills in geospatial technologies and methods related to the design and planning professions, including rendering and visualizations, infrastructure and transportation network analysis, cadastral mapping, site selection and analysis, geodesign, and many others
GIS is a rapidly growing field and an increasingly important job skill. GIS skills are showing up as requirements for architects, landscape architects and planners. Our GIS Certificate holders are currently working as: environmental planners, transportation planners, city planners, urban designers, landscape architects, and software developers.
A minimum of a 3.0 GPA in all GIS related course work is required to earn the GIS Certificate.