GIS Program Overview

Every day, millions of decisions are made using the power of geospatial technologies and the need to harness these tools in the southern Central Valley has never been greater. Private industry, government agencies, and non-profit organizations across the valley are utilizing GIS resources on a daily basis, yet the lack of GIS-trained staff and new recruitments has led to staffing shortages and hard-to-fill positions. CSUB’s Extended University has identified this educational gap and believes that, through a comprehensive GIS training program, the local need for educated and skilled entry-level GIS professionals can be met.

Nationally, geospatial technology jobs are in high demand. In 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor found that because of the widespread and diverse use of GIS applications and geospatial technologies in business, the market for skilled GIS employment is growing at an estimated annual rate of 35 percent nationally. In turn, GIS education now leads to more frequent job opportunities for graduates within the information technology and physical sciences disciplines – jobs that require this specific education. Furthermore, the Department of Labor found that, the public is generally not aware of the skill sets and competencies necessary for geospatial employment, a challenge that this GIS Certificate Program intends to solve.

Program Admission Requirements

Admission to the program requires the person to be a high school graduate or possess a general education development (GED) certificate. The program does not require the potential student to be enrolled in a degree program at CSUB. Interested persons must first apply to the program; you must complete an application and submit it with the current application fee.

Applications for the Fall 2017 semester must be submitted by August 23, 2017.

Requirements for Certificate

The GIS certificate program will consist of three courses and a culminating experience project (also referred to as a “capstone” project). The capstone project will be reviewed within the third course (GIS and Decision Making) and is not intended to be its own, stand-alone course. Completion and a passing grade of at least a “C” in all three courses and the capstone project are required to receive an official GIS Certificate from California State University, Bakersfield Extended University.

Upcoming Application Deadlines

Fall 2017: August 23, 2017 (Extended)

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