Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Certification in geographic information sciences now offered

KINGSVILLE - November 21, 2006

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4143

KINGSVILLE (November 21, 2006) — Texas A&M University-Kingsville answers a growing need in the workplace by offering a certificate in geographic information sciences (GIS), starting in spring 2007.

GIS uses a comprehensive database tied to location, with an integrated set of tools for querying, analyzing and displaying information. According to physics/geosciences assistant professor Dr. Jaehyung Yu, GIS is rapidly gaining recognition as a means of dealing with information stored on maps, with many applications in resource and environmental management, business and marketing, urban and regional planning, map production and research.

“GIS analysis is one of the hottest career opportunities today,” said Yu. “GIS analysts are in demand across the nation, and for that matter, the world, as the use of GIS in government agencies, private businesses and nonprofit organizations grows dramatically.

“This certificate program is to help students from various fields get enough knowledge to understand and use GIS techniques on real world problem solving, and get certified as a proof.”

To receive a certificate in GIS, students must take four geosciences classes: Field Mapping, Cartography and Global Positioning; Introduction to GIS; Intermediate GIS; and Remote Sensing. Certification is issued upon completion of the fourth class.

For more information on the program, call Dr. Jaehyung Yu at 361-593-3586 or email at jaehyung.yu@tamuk.edu.


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