GIST Graduate Programs Learning Objectives

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We expect our graduates to be distinguishable from graduates of other programs in how they think about and use the principles of geographic information science and the technologies that implement that science into their professional work.

Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science and Technology

Graduates should be able to:

  • Design and implement well-formed database models using appropriate design techniques and relational database software.
  • Design and implement strategies for capturing or sourcing geospatial data and accompanying metadata for one or more GIS projects.
  • Conduct work tasks in such a way that they achieve at least one of the following:
    • Explain complicated geographic patterns and relationships using the theoretical concepts that form the basis of both commonplace and advanced methods of spatial analysis.
    • Generate geographical information by processing digital remotely sensed data and critically evaluating its use for special one-of-a-kind applications.
    • Design and develop cartographic and other kinds of visualizations for a multimedia, Internet-enabled world.
    • Program small-scale, one-of-a-kind GIS-based applications using the Python and/or Java programming languages.
    • Identify and describe the role of people and technology in organizing, planning, monitoring, and controlling GIS projects.
  • Critically evaluate the potential impact of data quality on spatial analysis and decision making outcomes.

M.S. in Geographic Information Science and Technology Program

Graduates should be able to:

  • Design and implement well-formed database models using appropriate design techniques and relational database software.
  • Design and implement strategies for capturing or sourcing geospatial data and accompanying metadata for one or more GIS projects.
  • Conduct work tasks in such a way that they achieve at least three of the following:
    • Explain complicated geographic patterns and relationships using the theoretical concepts that form the basis of both commonplace and advanced methods of spatial analysis.
    • Generate geographical information by processing digital remotely sensed data and critically evaluating its use for special one-of-a-kind applications.
    • Design and develop cartographic and other kinds of visualizations for a multimedia, Internet-enabled world.
    • Program small-scale, one-of-a-kind GIS-based applications using the Python and/or Java programming languages.
    • Identify and describe the role of people and technology in organizing, planning, monitoring, and controlling GIS projects.
  • Critically evaluate the potential impact of data quality on spatial analysis and decision making outcomes.
  • Plan, design, and execute a series of advanced science and/or policy relevant GIS-based projects.

Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence

Graduates should be able to:

  • develop further critical thinking, collaboration and communication skills;
  • understand surveillance, targeting and navigation needs;
  • design and implement strategies for capturing or sourcing geospatial data and any accompanying metadata;
  • critically evaluate potential impacts of data quality on spatial analysis and decision making;
  • master the theory and protocols of radar interpretation, infrared and multi-spectral imagery, full motion video, legacy maps, digital geospatial datasets and social media feeds; and
  • prepare and present intelligence reports tailored to a variety of human security applications.

Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Leadership

Graduates should be able to:

  • identify the various ways that GIS promotes well-being;
  • shape the results of geospatial information management groups and organizations;
  • apply innovation to influence the successful generation, adoption and deployment of new ideas;
  • evaluate and solve for how disruptive technologies might affect GIS organizations in the future; and
  • share your vision for how the GIS field is likely to grow and evolve during the next five to 10 years.