Monday, January 6, 2014

New Course at UWSP: GIS Applications in Emergency Management

Currently, there are only a handful of U.S. institutions of higher learning like Penn State that have developed courses which bring together the topics of Emergency Management and GIS. Consequently, any time a college expands its curriculum to include a course on the subject, it's an important development for both disciplines. In that regard, the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point (UWSP) recently announced such a course offering. Here's the overview:

Course:  GIS Applications in Emergency Management
Start Date: January 21, 2014
Who Should Enroll

  • First responders, police/sheriff departments, ambulance operations, wildfire responders, and other emergency responders that require geographic situational awareness.
  • GIS Analysts and Managers who need to better understand how GIS is applied in emergency management applications.

Prerequisites: Geography 476/676 or other approved introductory-level GIS course.
Registration: Open until class begins. Email  or call 1-855-GIS-UWSP for registration information.
Course Format: 16-weeks (Starting 1/21/14 - Ending 5/16/14).
Hybrid: Predominantly offered online - however, there will be between 2 to 4 face-to-face labs or field trips. These face-to-face labs/field trips will be scheduled on Fridays from 9:00 am to 11:50 am, for sometime later in the course (should be no winter driving). UWSP is centrally located in Wisconsin, and is only about 3 hours driving distance from Minneapolis, MN and Milwaukee, WI.

Instructor information, course fees, and other details can be learned using the links below:

Comment: Great to see this development nearby! And, the Wisconsin-Minnesota reciprocity agreement means Wisconsin and Minnesota students pay the same rate.   

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