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Spatial Analysis of Coastal Environments (Graduate Certificate)

The certificate in spatial analysis of coastal environments (SpACE) provides an interdisciplinary program for students wishing to pursue careers in coastal management or research, remote sensing, or geographic information systems (GIS) applications. Rendered upon completion of the requirements, the certificate is an academic affidavit comprised of courses in geography and ocean, earth and atmospheric sciences and is administered by the two departments.

Spatial Analysis of Coastal Environments (Graduate Certificate)


Description


What is Spatial Analysis of Coastal Environments at ODU like?

The certificate in spatial analysis of coastal environments (SpACE) provides an interdisciplinary program for students wishing to pursue careers in coastal management or research, remote sensing, or geographic information systems (GIS) applications. Rendered upon completion of the requirements, the certificate is an academic affidavit comprised of courses in geography and ocean, earth and atmospheric sciences and is administered by the two departments.

Program Highlights


What makes Spatial Analysis of Coastal Environments at ODU unique?

  • This program is a hybrid curriculum that integrates geospatial science and technology (GIS, remote sensing, and spatial analysis) with substantive knowledge in coastal and marine environmental systems.

  • The certificate affords a unique combination of geospatial skills and their rigorous application to solving coastal and marine environmental problems, such as hazards and disasters, environmental pollution, sea level rise, or coastal management and planning.

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Geographic Information Systems Technicians

$91,080

MEDIAN SALARY


Assist scientists, technologists, or related professionals in building, maintaining, modifying, or using geographic information systems (GIS) databases. May also perform some custom application development or provide user support.

Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists

$91,080

MEDIAN SALARY


Research or develop geospatial technologies. May produce databases, perform applications programming, or coordinate projects. May specialize in areas such as agriculture, mining, health care, retail trade, urban planning, or military intelligence.

Cartographers and Photogrammetrists

$67,390

MEDIAN SALARY


Collect, analyze, and interpret geographic information provided by geodetic surveys, aerial photographs, and satellite data. Research, study, and prepare maps and other spatial data in digital or graphic form for legal, social, political, educational, and design purposes. May work with Geographic Information Systems (GIS). May design and evaluate algorithms, data structures, and user interfaces for GIS and mapping systems.

Web Developers

$74,110

MEDIAN SALARY


Design, create, and modify Web sites. Analyze user needs to implement Web site content, graphics, performance, and capacity. May integrate Web sites with other computer applications. May convert written, graphic, audio, and video components to compatible Web formats by using software designed to facilitate the creation of Web and multimedia content.

Employers


Graduates from this major have gone to work at

NOAA, NASA, US Geological Survey, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, state and local governments, Esri, and some other private sectors

Courses


What are some courses offered in Spatial Analysis of Coastal Environments at ODU?

GEOG 504:
Digital Techniques for Remote Sensing


Study of the theory and application of remote sensing, emphasizing environmental applications and aerial and satellite imagery. Covers the fundamentals of multispectral digital image processing, including sensors pre-processing, enhancement, classification, accuracy assessment, and GIS data integration.

GEOG 522:
Coastal Geography


An examination of the physical and human geography of the coastal zone. Considers problems of managing coastal resources with an emphasis on North America. Lectures focus on coastal patterns, processes, and problems at the global, national, and local scales. Students investigate a section of the local coastline and write a report on the physical and human geography on the basis of field study, library, and internet research.

GEOG 562:
Advanced Spatial Analysis


This course introduces the essential theoretical concepts and analytical tools for analyzing spatial process, spatial autocorrelation, spatial patterns, techniques for spatial interpolation, network connectivity, big data, and landscape patterns. The course culminates with students carrying out their own spatial analysis projects. This course assumes that students understand the basic concepts in GIS with some experience in software operation of ArcGIS. Prerequisite: GEOG 402 or GEOG 502, or permission of the instructor.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Spatial Analysis of Coastal Environments at ODU?

Students entering the Certificate program in Spatial Analysis of Coastal Environments should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 571

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,394

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 595

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Internships


Students are encouraged to participate in funded research projects with faculty or to work as paid interns with local government agencies or firms.  Recent student internships have been awarded with the Port of Virginia and Center for Geospatial Visualization.

Next Steps


I like this program. What are the next steps?

Contact


Need help applying?

Meet Your Enrollment Team

Our enrollment coordinators are ready to help you through the admissions process.

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SpACE Certificate Program Coordinator


Name:

Hua Liu


Location:

7024 BATTEN ARTS & LETTERS, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-3846


Graduate Admissions


Location:

1000 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-6512


Email:

gradadmit@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

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