Geographic Information Systems Certificate

Division: Social Sciences


The Geographic Information Systems Certificate provides endorsed entry-level skills for the rapidly growing GIS field. This certificate is the only general purpose GIS certificate approved by the California State Chancellor’s office. To earn a certificate, complete the required courses as listed with a grade of C or better. At least 50% of all course work must be completed at Cypress College. Cypress College certificate is inclusive of tiers one through four in the U. S. Department of Labor's Geospatial Industry Competency Model of June 1, 2010.

Geographic Information System courses required (12 units):
GEOG 230 CIntroduction to GIS3
GEOG 231 CGIS: Spatial Analysis3
GEOG 232 CGIS: Analysis and Modeling3
GEOG 233 CGIS: Advanced Internship3
Spatial Courses required (3 units):3
World Geography3
Honors World Geography
Cultural Geography3
Spatially-Related Courses required (3-5 units):3-5
Cultural Anthropology3
Introduction to Archaelogy (formerly ANTH 203 C)3
Environmental Science3
Marine Biology4
World Geography3
Honors World Geography
Physical Geography3
California Geography3
Weather and Climate3
Cultural Geography3
Field Geography - Physical1
Current Topics in GIS3
Economic Geography (same as ECON 260 C)3
Physical Geology3
Honors Physical Geology
Geology of California3
Introduction to Oceanography3
Environmental Geology3
Survey of Disease3
Destinations: Americas/Europe3
Destinations: Africa/Pacific3
Principles of Marketing3
International Marketing3
Introduction to Astronomy3
Honors Introduction to Astronomy
Spatial Courses with Lab (4 units):4
Physical Geography3
Physical Geography - Lab1
Field Geography - Physical1
Physical Geology3
Honors Physical Geology
Physical Geology Laboratory1
Computer Programming Skills (3 units):3
Introduction to Programming3
Introduction to XML Programming3
Introduction to Oracle: SQL and PL/SQL3
Python Programming3
Total Units25-27