GEOSPATIAL TECHNOLOGY >> DESKTOP GIS
There is more to geospatial technology than learning to manipulate desktop software, but that is where most of us start. The Biodiversity Center has tried to keep track of the various education products available, especially those that serve users who are at the front end of the learning curve.
Formal Instruction At UW-Green Bay
The UW-Green Bay Course Catalog includes several geospatial technology offerings.
Geographic Information Systems is an introduction to desktop GIS software taught in
the Public and Environmental Affairs department.
Advanced Geographic Information Systems, also taught in Public and Environmental
Affairs explores the complex anaytical capability of desktop GIS software.
Remote Sensing and GIS requires students to apply geospatial technology to assess and
predict environmental conditions with an emphasis on the Upper Midwest. The course is taught in the Natural
and Applied Sciences department and is required for the Environmental Science major.
More Learning Options
The GIS education pie is sliced up into quite a few pieces. While academic institutions account for a substantial chunk, the private sector is active as well starting with ESRI.
ESRI Instructor-Led Training
offers many options.
ESRI Self-Paced Training via their Virtual Campus is a good option for some students.
UW-Madison offers a variety of instructor-led and on-line classes via the Land Information
and Computer Graphics Facility (LICGF). Classes in the use of ESRI products are taught by certified instructors.
R.A. Smith National offers classes that emphasize engineering applications of
geographic information systems. Classes in the use of ESRI products are taught by certified instructors.
Certificate Programs are an option for students considering a career in geospatial
technology. There has been some interest in starting such a program at UW-Green Bay. The following links provide
information on the structure and content of some established programs:
• Esri Technical Certification Program
• Penn State
• Johns Hopkins