Spring 2007

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

From the Chair
2007 Conference
Call for Awards
LMIC Budget

LMIC Update
Parcel Inventory Update
FSA Photo Update
Remote Sensing Workshop
Drought Monitoring

Governor's Council
Strategic Plan Update
Call for Commendations

MetroGIS Strategic Planning
2006 TC Metro Imagery
Property Foreclosure Info

Snowmobile Trails in E911

2010 Census Address Program
LUCA Update
Physical Features Map 

Higher Education
UWRF GIS/Catography
Satellite Monitoring Land/Water
GIS Day at UMD
St. Mary's Updates GIS Lab
Neighborhood Indicators
ND Online Certificate
GIS Body of Knowledge

McMaster to Head UCGIS

Other Places
Lawsuit May Limit GIS Industry
Disaster Management
Elevation for Nation
Food Security/Health
RI Tracks Coyotes



Online GIS Training Program from the University of North Dakota
Press Release

The University of North Dakota offers a 12-credit, online graduate certificate program in geographic information science (GISc) to help feed the growing global demand for geographic information systems (GIS) professionals. After successful completion of four courses, students will be eligible for a graduate-level GISc certificate, which will qualify them for a wide variety of education, government, and private sector jobs in which GIS now is an essential tool.


"The field is growing by about 20 percent per year because the technology is applicable to any field in which maps are used," says Bradley Rundquist, associate professor of geography and nationally recognized GIS expert and educator. "The GIS profession was recently identified by the U.S. Department of Labor as one of the three fastest growing job fields along with nanotechnology and biotechnology."


The UND Department of Geography worked with the Division of Continuing Education to design and deliver an online program targeted for working professionals. The first course covers computer mapping and cartography. Over the next year, students will receive GISc education, hands-on training, and exposure to GIS technology, including digital mapping.


"Digital mapping provides a great deal of flexibility compared to traditional paper mapping," says Rundquist, who will be one of the online course instructors. "Our graduates will have valuable skills sought after in many fields, everything from natural resources management to urban planning to facilities management."


The Department of Geography also offers an on-campus GISc certificate program that mainly serves graduate students in other UND academic departments, such as biology, space studies, and earth system science and policy.


To get accepted into the program, applicants must have bachelor's degree from an accredited university with a minimum GPA of 2.75. A new cycle of the GISc online program begins in June. Space is limited. Application review will begin April 1. For more information, contact UND Distance Degree Programs at 877-450-1842 or visit


Jennifer Swangler, Marketing Coordinator

Division of Continuing Education

University of North Dakota

Skalicky Tech Room 165

4300 James Ray Drive, Stop 7131

Grand Forks, ND 58202-7131

701-777-6374 ▪ 701-777-0569 (fax)