Certificate Program In Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing

The course provides our students with applied skills in the areas of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing, satellite image processing, and computer cartography. GIS enables automatic map generation and merges geospatial data to provide technological solutions for organizations of all types. Whether it’s an individual using a smartphone or air traffic controllers modeling flight paths, GIS and related disciplines are an essential part of everyday life.

This practical course adds to the theoretical and conceptual learning of our students to apply this knowledge in real-world situations. The hands-on training offered provides excellent preparation for students seeking a career in this exciting, expanding field or considering graduate research in geomatics. The Certificate Program in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing is offered jointly by the Lassonde School of Engineering; Department of Geography (Faculty of Arts); and the Faculty of Environmental Studies and is available to students at York University or to others holding a university degree.

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Certificate Program in Meteorology

A background in mathematics, physics and chemistry is required to understand the complex and varied processes that occur in the Earth’’s atmosphere. These phenomena extend down to the molecular scale, where one considers the interaction of photons with a variety of molecules in processes that lead to heating of the atmosphere, and extend upward in scale to the global propagation of weather systems that produce the precipitation necessary to sustain life on the planet.

The idea behind the Certificate in Meteorology Program is to provide a one year (Fall/Winter) specialist education in atmospheric processes to those students who have already completed a university degree physical science or applied mathematics, thereby preparing them for careers in atmospheric science. Graduates may pursue a broad range of careers in weather forecasting, climate and environmental science and scientific research in government, environmental consulting firms and industry.

Students entering the certificate program from other universities will normally have completed 54 credits with a C+ GPA in areas of physical science and mathematics acceptable in content and level to the Department of Earth and Space Science and Engineering. Required undergraduate courses include: first year Differential and Integral Calculus, first year Linear Algebra, first year Physics, second year Vector Calculus and Differential Equations. Students without this background may be asked to complete these courses in a qualifying program before being admitted to the Certificate of Meteorology. Second year Physics (Electricity and Magnetism) and a course in Statistics are also recommended as appropriate preparatory courses. Students enrolled in Earth and Atmospheric Science (ESSE) at York University may receive the certificate while concurrently completing their BSc provided they complete the program requirements.

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