About this Specialization

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Knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is an increasingly sought after skill in industries from agriculture to public health. This Specialization, offered in partnership with ArcGIS developer Esri, will teach the skills you need to successfully use GIS software in a professional setting. You will learn how to analyze your spatial data, use cartography techniques to communicate your results in maps, and collaborate with peers in GIS and GIS-dependent fields. In the final Capstone Project, you will create a professional-quality GIS portfolio piece using a combination of data identification and collection, analytical map development, and spatial analysis techniques. Interested in learning advanced GIS topics? Check out the Spatial Data Analysis and Visualization MasterTrack™ Program.
Learner Career Outcomes
53%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
25%
Got a pay increase or promotion.
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online courses
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule
Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Beginner Level
Approx. 6 months to complete
Suggested 7 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English
Learner Career Outcomes
53%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
25%
Got a pay increase or promotion.
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online courses
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule
Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Beginner Level
Approx. 6 months to complete
Suggested 7 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English

There are 5 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Fundamentals of GIS

4.8
stars
3,803 ratings
1,138 reviews
Course2

Course 2

GIS Data Formats, Design and Quality

4.9
stars
1,563 ratings
327 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Geospatial and Environmental Analysis

4.8
stars
889 ratings
184 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Imagery, Automation, and Applications

4.9
stars
502 ratings
93 reviews

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  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free. If you cannot afford the fee, you can apply for financial aid.

  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • This Specialization doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more. Online Degrees and Mastertrack™ Certificates on Coursera provide the opportunity to earn university credit.

  • You will have your choice of several capstone project to demonstrate your mastery of the Specialization content. The project will highlight your skill in data analysis and display your results on a professional quality map. You will be able to share your project digitally or in print.

  • The Specialization uses ArcGIS for Desktop. Instructions will be provided inside the course to download a free educational license. Please check below to make sure your computer meets the requirements to run ArcGIS.

  • We use the Esri suite of products in this specialization because it is in the most demand across the broadest set of industries. We cover ArcGIS Desktop, specifically ArcMap and ArcCatalog, with an introduction to ArcGIS Online. Learners comfortable with computers will be able to take what is learned in these classes and apply it to other GIS systems, though they are not explicitly taught in this specialization.

  • ArcGIS requires a computer running Microsoft Windows, please visit Esri’s website to view the current system requirements for ArcGIS Desktop: http://desktop.arcgis.com/en/desktop/latest/get-started/system-requirements/arcgis-desktop-system-requirements.html.

    If you would like to take the course using a Mac, it is possible, but you must feel comfortable setting up and installing Microsoft Windows on your Mac, either using virtualization software such as VirtualBox (free), BootCamp (free), Parallels, or VMWare. If you do not already have a Windows license, a free trial is available, but then you may be required to purchase a license in the future. A forum post in the first course includes tips from other students who have gone through the courses using a Mac to help you get set up. Still, getting the software set up on a Mac (or Linux) is ultimately up to you and not currently a supported configuration for this course. We hope to offer cross-platform training in the near future.

  • This specialization is for beginners, and assumes no pre-existing knowledge of GIS. Pre-existing knowledge in GIS will help you to absorb concepts more quickly, but is not required.

  • Students need to pay the specialization fee, verify their identity (requires a webcam and physical keyboard). To learn more about the verification process please visit: https://www.coursera.org/signature/. If you have issues with the verification process please visit the troubleshooting page: https://learner.coursera.help/hc/en-us/articles/201212579-Verification-Troubleshooting

  • All courses in the specialization, except the final capstone project, have sessions that begin weekly, so if you miss a session or fall behind, you can enroll when you're ready. Courses each take about 4 weeks to complete, depending on the pace you follow. The capstone project runs approximately every 8 weeks in order to ensure enough students are in the course to give feedback and grades. The capstone project also takes longer (recommended time is about 8 weeks).

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