Geoinformatics Certificate

Dave Bennett, The Department of Geography DEO

Geoinformatics is the science of measuring, storing, organizing, analyzing, and visualizing data related to phenomena occurring on or near the earth’s surface. Geoinformatics is, therefore, inherently interdisciplinary and includes concepts from measurement technologies (e.g. remote sensing), geographic information science, statistics, dynamic modeling and simulation, and computer science. Geographic location, with its associated attributes and processes, tie these domains together in the context of geoinformatics. Faculty from the departments of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences, Statistics and Actuarial Sciences, Computer Science, Urban and Regional Planning, and Geoscience have teamed up to offer a Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Geoinformatics to help students across campus, and those already in the workforce, develop expertise in this rapidly growing field. Certificate requirements are described below.

Coursework

The Geoinformatics Certificate program is a subtrack option within the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Informatics (IGPI). All students enrolled in IGPI subtracks must complete the “Foundation of Informatics” core requirements. These requirements include the following:

Core Informatics Courses (9 s.h.):

Introductory informatics (3 s.h.)

  • CS:3110 (22C:104) Introduction to Informatics
    (or equivalent coursework approved by the subprogram coordinating committee)

Programming coursework (3 s.h.)

Selected from:   

  • CS:3210 (22C:109) Programming Languages and Tools *
  • BME:5320 (051:123) Bioinformatics Techniques
    (or equivalent coursework approved by the subprogram coordinating committee)
     

Data handling coursework (3 s.h.)

Selected from:   

Ÿ    MSCI:6421 (06K:275) Knowledge Discovery

  • MSCI: 4220 (6K:186) Database Management II1
  • CS:6421 (22C:131) Knowledge Discovery
  • CS:4400 (22C:144) Database Systems

Ÿ    SLIS:6100 (21:124) Database Systems
Ÿ    BIOS:5110 (171:161) Introduction to Biostatistics

  • BIOS:5120 (171:162) Design and Analysis of Biomedical Studies1

Ÿ    STAT:3200 (22S:152) Applied Linear Regression
Ÿ    STAT:5200 (22S:164) Applied Statistics I
Ÿ    STAT:5400 (22S:166) Computing in Statistics
Ÿ    GEOG:4580 (044:141) Introduction to Geographic Databases*

1Note: these are proposed additions to the core IGPI data handling courses

Core Geoinformatics Courses

A minimum 12sh of geoinformatics courses are required.

Introduction to geoinformatics (3sh):

  • GEOG:3010 (44:118) Geographic Information Systems and Science (or equivalent coursework approved by the subprogram coordinating committee)

Geoinformatics electives (minimum of 9sh):

To insure breadth, courses must be taken from 2 or more departments. Select from (3 s.h. each):

The Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences:

  • GEOG:3500 (44:105) Introduction to Environmental Remote Sensing
  • GEOG:3540 (44:109) Introduction to Geographic Visualization
  • GEOG:3520 (44:110) GIS for Environmental Studies
  • GEOG:4520 (44:128) GIS for Environmental Studies: Applications
  • GEOG:4150  (44:137) Health and Environment: GIS Applications
  • GEOG:4580 (44:141) Introduction to Geographic Databases
  • GEOG:4500 (44:145) Applications in Environmental Remote Sensing 
  • GEOG:5060 (44:296) Topics in Geographic Information Science (can be repeated)

The Department of Computer Science:

  • CS:4400 (22C:144) Database Systems
  • CS:4420 (22C:145) Artificial Intelligence
  • CS:4520 (22C:151) Computer Graphics
    CS:4700 (22C:177) High Performance and Parallel Computing
  • CS:4720 (22C:174) Optimization Techniques

The Department of Management Sciences:

  • MSCI:6421 (06K:275) Knowledge Discovery 
  • MSCI:6600 (06K:286) Linear Programming
  • MSCI:6800 (06K:278) Web Mining
  • MSCI:7000 (06K:277) Management Sciences Topics (when topic applies)

The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Sciences:

  • STAT:5400 (22S:166)  Computing in Statistics
  • STAT:6530 (22S:167) Environmental and Spatial Statistics
  • STAT:7400 (22S:248) Computer Intensive Statistics
  • STAT:7290 (22S:295) Applied Statistics Seminar(when topic applies)

The Department of Biostatistics

  • BIOS:5710 (171:201) Biostatistical Methods I
  • BIOS:5720 (171:202) Biostatistical Methods II
  • BIOS:5730 (171:203) Biostatistical Methods in Categorical Data
  • BIOS:6310 (171:174) Introductory Longitudinal Data Analysis
  • BIOS:7600 (171:290) Advanced Biostatistics Seminar (when topic applies)

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

  • EES:3100 (012:110)  Introduction to Applied Remote Sensing
  • EES:4870 (012:178) Applied Geostatistics

 

Affiliated faculty in sponsoring departments

Faculty in the sponsoring programs of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences, Urban and Regional Planning, Geoscience, and Statistics who are actively engaged in geoinformatics research and teaching include:

  • Marc Armstrong, Professor, Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences
  • David Bennett, Associate Professor, Geographical and Sustainability Sciences
  • Kate Cowles, Associate Professor, Statistics and Actuarial Science
  • Charles "Tom" Foster, Professor, Geoscience
  • Richard Funderburg - Asst Professor, Urban and Regional Planning
  • Paul Hanley, Associate Professor, Urban and Regional Planning
  • Marc Linderman, Assistant Professor, Geographical and Sustainability Sciences
  • George Malanson, Professor, Geographical and Sustainability Sciences
  • Claire Pavlik, Lecturer, Geographical and Sustainability Sciences
  • Raj Rajagopal, Professor, Geographical and Sustainability Sciences
  • Gerard Rushton, Professor, Geographical and Sustainability Sciences
  • Kathleen Stewart, Associate Professor, Geographical and Sustainability Sciences
  • You-Kuan Zhang, Professor, Geoscience
  • Dale Zimmerman, Professor, Statistics and Actuarial Science

Student Status and Advisory Committee

Candidates for the geoinformatics certificate sub-tract must be in good academic standing in an existing graduate degree program. At the point of admission to the geoinformatics subtrack, the subtrack Coordinating Committee works with the student to appoint an advisor and to form a committee of no less than three members (including the advisor). This committee will be drawn from the faculty affiliated with the geoinformatics certificate. Each student, in consultation with his or her committee will prepare a plan of study that is reviewed at least once a year and revised if necessary, until all coursework necessary for the Certificate in Informatics (Geoinformatics) is completed. The student’s advisory committee has the authority to restrict the set of core and discipline-specific courses available to the student, and to substitute discipline-specific options as appropriate. Core coursework must be selected from the approved list of core coursework. When that list is inadequate, the Graduate College can be petitioned to add specific courses to the approved list of core coursework. Motions to add specific courses to the approved core-coursework list must be approved by the IGPI advisory committee prior to reaching the Graduate College.

Departmental resources

  • The Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences maintains a 25-seat state of the art geographic information system teaching (GIS) laboratory (GISIL, JH 243) and a research computing cluster of 12 computers (3rd floor Jessup Hall). All of these computers are equipped with GIS, remote sensing, and statistical software. High and medium quality GPS equipment, spectrometers, and over 4TB of data storage are also available.
  • The Graduate Program in Urban and Regional Planning hosts an ITC with 14 machines all equipped with GIS and related software.
  • The Department of Geoscience maintains six computer laboratories in Trowbridge Hall that contain a total 80 computers. Remote sensing software is available in all of these machines.