Fall 2010

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

From the Chair
Conference Update
Spring Workshop Report

Draft Stormwater Data Standard
LiDAR Update

Lyon Co Sign Inventory
Anoka Co Website
LOGIS Map Books Use USNG
Goodhue ESRI Award

US Topo now for MN

Higher Education
UMD GIS Minor & Certificate
UWRF GIS Certificate

Prepare for NG911

In Memory: Carrie Bartz

Other Places
Wisconsin Strategic Plans
Strategic Directions for Geography
Where are Americans Moving?



UW-River Falls Offers New GIS Certificate Program
By Dr. Ian Muehlenhaus, UWRF

The Department of Geography and Mapping Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls is launching a new GIS Certificate program.  The GIS Certificate consists of 15 credits of coursework and may be completed within a year depending on a candidate’s schedule.  This program is developed from our successful GIS and Cartography minor, which has been evolving with this changing field for over 25 years.

The three core courses are:

  • Cartography and GIS
  • GIS Theory and Methods
  • GIS Modeling and Analysis

Five elective courses are available, with two required for the certificate completion:

  • Map Design
  • Quantitative Techniques for Geographers
  • Field Methods and GPS
  • Digital Image Processing
  • Animated/Web Cartography

As part of the curriculum, students produce a professional portfolio.  Three full-time faculty and one adjunct faculty teach the curriculum. The department supports an up-to-date dedicated GIS lab with ArcGIS 10, IDRISI, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Flash software.

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls is conveniently located in the St. Croix Valley, just 25 minutes from downtown St. Paul.

For more information about the GIS certificate, contact Dr. Ian Muehlenhaus at:, 715-425-3264.  Also see the department’s website and a previous article about the UWRF geography program.