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On-Line Geospatial Technology Courses

You may already be a geospatial professional, interested in expanding your knowledge and skill set, or you may be new to the field, interested in joining one of the fastest growing areas of technology. To help you in your current job or help you find a new one, the University of Arkansas Geoscience Department has created a series of new on-line courses and a new certificate for you. The US Department of Labor has defined geospatial technologies as one of the three major areas of job growth in the coming decade.  Geospatial technologies are becoming central skills in jobs that range from environmental management, energy development, agribusiness, marketing and store location, logistics, local, county, state and federal governmental and many, many others.


In addition to a range of residential courses the University of Arkansas Fayetteville’s has an extensive suite of on-line geospatial technology courses and offers the Arkansas Department of Higher Education’s on-line Certificate of Proficiency in Geospatial Technologies to improve the skills of practicing professionals and to prepare students for jobs in this growing area.


The University of Arkansas offers many individual courses and (when taken together) the certificate to provide the key skills to improve your skills or to prepare you for new jobs in this exploding sector. The individual courses and certificate are designed for working professionals who wish to develop basic skills in the emerging field of geospatial technologies. In addition to improving the skills of practicing professionals, the certificate will also benefit current students in two year associates programs as well as undergraduates in four year programs who wish to strengthen their skills. Six courses comprise the certificate: GEOS 3003, GEOS 3103, GEOS 3453, GEOS 3563 and GEOS 3593. In addition to the University of Arkansas’ Certificate, the curriculum also prepares students for three external certifications - if you desire to pursue them:  ESRI’s ArcGIS Desktop Associate Certificate, American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing’s (ASPRS) Mapping Technician/Scientist Certificate and the forthcoming (2015) GIS Certification Institute’s exam.


The following individual classes are on-line, and there are many other residential classes for on-campus students.


On-line Classes


GEOS 3543 Geographic Information Science (3 credits)
An introduction to the methods and theory underlying the full range of geographic information science and collateral areas - including GNSS, remote sensing, digital cadastar, spatial demographics and others.


            GEOS 3553 Geospatial Analysis Using ArcGIS (3 credits),

Applications of analysis of spatial data using ArcGIS tools in map design, on-line mapping, creating geodatabases, accessing geospatial data, geo-processing, digitizing, geocoding, spatial analysis including basic spatial statistics, analysis of spatial distributions and patterning and 3D application using ArcGIS 3D Analyst. Prerequisite:  GEOS 3543.


GEOS 3003 Geospatial mathematical toolkit (3 credits),
Basic mathematical tools applied in geospatial technology, including trigonometry in mapping, linear algebra in remote sensing, optimization in spatial decision support, and graph theory in routing. Course develops the framework for spatial data analysis and decision support. Students may alternatively receive credit for the course through testing.


            GEOS 3103 Geospatial computational toolkit (3 credits),

Basic computational tools and processes applied in geospatial software, related computer hardware components, systems and applications software, and spatial database fundamentals. Python, including SciPy and NumPy, geospatial implementations will be emphasized. No programming experience is required. Students may alternatively receive credit for the course through testing.


GEOS 3563 Geospatial statistical toolkit (3 credits),
Basic statistical tools for geospatial technologies. Exploratory spatial data analysis, single and multivariate spatial analysis and hypothesis testing, Bayesian analysis, and spatial smoothing and interpolation. Emphasis will be on problem solving in geospatial settings using the R statistical language. Students may alternatively receive credit for the course through testing. Prerequisite:  GEOS 3003 and GEOS 3103 or equivalent.


            GEOS 3593 Introduction to geo-databases (3 credits).

Fundamental concepts and applications of geospatial databases. Schema development and spatial data models for geodata. Spatial and attribute query and optimization, properties and structures of relational and object-oriented geodatabases. Spatial extensions of SQL, spatial indexing, measurement, and geometry. Course will use PostGIS, ESRI file Geodatabases and MS-SQL. Prerequisite:  GEOS 3543, GEOS 3003 and GEOS 3103.


The certificate courses total 18 credits but the minimum number of hours required is 9 as the students may exempt from one or more of GEOS 3003, 3103 and 3563 through testing.


Individuals interested in registering for the courses or the certificate can access registration and other administrative requirements should access the University of Arkansas Global Campus web site at (


For additional information: or 479-575-7909.


For the ASPRS certification the URL is


for ESRI it is


the GIS Certification Institute exam info is