Introduction to Geospatial Technologies Online Course (2017-2018)


This online geography course is designed to introduce students to the nature of geographic information, as well as the tools and technologies that geospatial professionals use to access, manipulate, and display geographic information. It is a combined introduction to geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing (RS), global positioning systems (GPS), and cartography (the science and art of map-making), as well as topics such as geospatial ethics and crowd-sourcing geographic information. Students should emerge from this course with a greater understanding of the practical application of GIS and other geospatial technologies, and will be able to create maps using a variety of publicly available mapping programs. Introduction to Geospatial Technologies serves as a foundation for the three remaining courses in the Geospatial Tools and Technology Certificate.

This 7-week course is eligible for Michigan State University Continuing Education Units (MSU CEUs), as well as Michigan Department of Education State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs).


There are six convenient entry points for our certificate courses (or program), with sessions beginning six times a year:

  • 15 May 2017 (session 35)
  • 10 July 2017 (session 36)
  • 28 August 2017 (session 37)
  • 23 October 2017 (session 38)
  • January 2018 (session 39)
  • March 2018 (session 40)




Professionals and post-baccalaureates working in fields that use geospatial technologies and pursuing training opportunities or looking to advance or revamp their current career path, teachers pursuing continuing-education credits, and international students seeking an educational experience and certification from an American university.

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