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The Certificate in Location Intelligence has been discontinued and is no longer accepting new students.

Program Requirements

This 20-semester hour certificate program will provide foundational knowledge in the field of geospatial technologies and serves as a great compliment to an SPS major.

Certificate Requirements

20 semester hours consisting of the following courses: 3100, 3200, 3600, 3800, 4100

Course Descriptions

For a complete list of all North Park’s programs and course offerings, review the academic catalog.

LOCI 3100, The Art and Science of Map Design: Geo-Visualization (4 sh)

This course introduces fundamental cartographic concepts. Successful students will be able to employ design principles to create and edit effective visual representations of data (e.g. maps, graphs, and diagrams) in different formats (e.g. hardcopy, digital, web).  Specific topics include the ethical and appropriate application of map scale, map projections, generalization, and symbolization. Course content is based upon the United States Department of Labor’s Geospatial Technology Competency Model for entry level geospatial occupations including Geospatial or GIS Technicians and Technologists. This is the first required course in the Location Intelligence Certificate Program. Prerequisite of LOCI 3000, equivalent, or permission of program advisor required.

LOCI 3200, Learning to Apply GIS Software (4 sh)

An introduction to the basics of the industry-standard GIS software through a series of hands-on computer-based exercises. Participants will learn how to utilize the software to address a variety of global issues. Open source GIS software will also be introduced. Course content is based upon the United States Department of Labor’s Geospatial Technology Competency Model for entry level geospatial occupations including Geospatial or GIS Technicians and Technologists. Required course for the Location Intelligence Certificate Program. Prerequisite of LOCI 3100 or permission of program advisor required.

LOCI 3600, Introduction to Remote Sensing Technologies (4 sh)

This course is an introduction to remote sensing techniques used to study the Earth. Topics include the physical principles on which remote sensing is based, history and future trends, sensors and their characteristics, image data sources and image classification, and interpretation and analysis techniques. A brief introduction to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and their use in mapping is presented. Course content is based upon the United States Department of Labor’s Geospatial Technology Competency Model for entry level geospatial occupations including Geospatial or GIS Technicians and Technologists. Required course for the Location Intelligence Certificate Program. Prerequisite of LOCI 3100 or permission of program advisor required.

LOCI 3800, Spatial Analysis (4 sh)

This course introduces students to problem-solving and decision-making processes using geospatial analysis techniques, applicable to a range of disciplines. The student will prepare spatial data for analysis, determine an approach to solving spatial problems, run geoprocessing tools and implement models to run several tools in sequence, organize data sets resulting from the analysis and present the results using appropriate terminology and visualizations. Course content is based upon the United States Department of Labor’s Geospatial Technology Competency Model for entry level geospatial occupations including Geospatial or GIS Technicians and Technologists. Required final course for the Location Intelligence Certificate Program. Prerequisite of LOCI 3200.

LOCI 4100, Spatial Programming: Python (4 sh)

This course provides an understanding of how to customize GIS software applications by way of modified toolbars, menus, and buttons. Topics include the theory and implementation of the various scripting languages currently in use, including Python.  Upon completion, students will be able to solve geospatial problems and streamline GIS workflows through the creation and modification of scripts, including the use of ModelBuilder. Course content is based upon the United States Department of Labor’s Geospatial Technology Competency Model for entry level geospatial occupations including Geospatial or GIS Technicians and Technologists. Required course for the Location Intelligence Certificate Program. Prerequisite of LOCI 3800.