Drone Applications in Geospatial Information Science Certificate

 A certificate in Drone Applications in Geospatial Information Science will be issued for the completion of seven courses for a total of 20 units. The Drone Applications in Geospatial Information Science is a unique certificate which introduces students to the use of drones in GIS.  Drone technologies aid in the collection, organization, and analyses of layers of information never before possible. Students will develop the unique capabilities that drones provide for the collection of information which helps GIS technicians reveal deeper insights into data, such as patterns, relationships, and real-time situations. 


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Plan of Study Grid
Fall Semester 1Units
GEOG-115 Introduction to Geographic Information Science 2
GIS-540 Introduction to sUAS (Drone) Systems 1 3
GIS-550 Introduction to sUAS (Drone) Systems Use in Remote Sensing 2 3
GIS-580 Geospatial Information Systems Practicum I (formerly GEOG-080) 2
Spring Semester 1
GEOG-520 Intermediate Geographic Information Science 4
GIS-551 Digital Imaging with sUAS (Drone) Systems I 1 3
GIS-552 Digital Imaging with sUAS (Drone) Systems II 2 3
 Total Units20

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Course Title Credits
Required Courses
GEOG-115Introduction to Geographic Information Science2
GEOG-520Intermediate Geographic Information Science4
GIS-540Introduction to sUAS (Drone) Systems3
GIS-550Introduction to sUAS (Drone) Systems Use in Remote Sensing3
GIS-551Digital Imaging with sUAS (Drone) Systems I3
GIS-552Digital Imaging with sUAS (Drone) Systems II3
GIS-580Geospatial Information Systems Practicum I (formerly GEOG-080)2
Total Units20

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This program is designed to be completed in 8 months 

This program will cost $920 if completed within normal time.  There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.   

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $0 of debt.   

The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: California 

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here:  https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/ 


Cost per unit $46 

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RTA Go Pass cost $16 a year or $8 a semester  

SGA discount sticker (optional) - $14 a year or $7 a semester  

Student representation fee (optional) - $4 a year or $2 a semester  

Help a Student Fund (optional) - $4 a year or $2 a semester  

Student Health Center Fee - $46 a year or $23 a semester 

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