The individual applies directly to:
The Department of Geography at Florida State University by sending an email to Tetsuo Kobayashi (email@example.com) stating your name, the major of your undergraduate degree, when your undergraduate degree was awarded (or when it will be awarded), and your undergraduate grade point average.
There is NO application form.
Individuals must also register as a Special Student (or Non-Degree) at the following site:https://admissions.fsu.edu/nonDegreeApp/index.cfm
Registration involves a $30 fee and proof of an undergraduate degree with a GPA of over 2.0
NOTE: This is a stand-alone program and is NOT interchangeable with the Masters GIScience.
NOTE: The Certificate is designed for individuals who are OFF-CAMPUS and NOT for individuals registered for any other programs on campus.
Requirements to admission include the following:
1. The individual must have an undergraduate degree (in any subject)
PROGRAM OF STUDIES (12 Credits Required)
GIS 5101 Introductory GIS (3 credits). Offered Fall Semesters.
GEO 5934 Computer Cartography (3 credits). Offered Fall Semesters.
GIS 5034 Remote Sensing (3 credits). Offered Spring Semesters.
GIS 5934 Florida GIS Applications (3 credits). Offered Spring Semesters.
Assessment mode = essays, computer-based exercises, individual and group projects.
Program & Learning Outcomes = (1) grasp the basic concepts of GIS, remote sensing, GPS, and geo-visualization; (2) perform routine GIS, image processing, GPS and multimedia mapping functions.
Assessment of Program and Learning Outcomes = (1) essays that demonstrate knowledge of basic GIS, remote sensing, GPS, and geo-visualization concepts; (2) computer-based exercises and projects (mostly centered on Florida) that demonstrate computer skills for operating GIS, remote sensing, GPS, and geo-visualization functions.
Students will not be exposed to scholastic research (other than appreciating the literature in their reading lists). But students will be trained in the vocational and professional dimensions of the GIS industry.
Students will be advised online through email exchanges and group discussions on Blackboard. Courses will have graduate student mentors to assist instructors in leading and conducting advisement. Telephone advisement is restricted to the discretion of the instructors.
All courses are to be taught online and this assumes that students have access to the Internet and can handle basic computer skills such as typing a keyboard and seeing a screen with or without reasonable accommodations. No provisions will be made for students who cannot perform these tasks.
The quality of course offerings will be monitored using online teaching evaluation forms. Students will have the opportunity to comment on the content of the course and the performance of instructors. If retention rates fall drastically the program director has the responsibility of evaluating teaching quality.
The University has fully functioning blackboard facilities to enable delivery of all four courses. The University also holds site licenses for all software needed by students—students are expected to purchase student evaluation versions of software (the price of evaluation versions is under $100 for each student).
The hardware requirements for students in the program are a standard desktop or laptop computer with Internet access. The software requirements are the GIS student evaluation versions.
1. A total of 12 credits are required to successful complete the Online Graduate Certificate in GIS.