Penn State College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
John A. Dutton e-Education Institute

Learn about GIS Database Development

What You'll Learn in GEOG 484

Asking questions of a spatial database is a key mechanism by which a GIS can help us solve real world problems. A spatial database cannot be useful for solving complex problems without first designing, implementing, and populating it according to the needs of a given domain. This course teaches the fundamental spatial database design tenets and how to apply them in professional practice. It includes topics such as georeferencing, digitizing, metadata development, managing spatial data in an organization, and data processing methods for supporting efficient spatial analysis and cartography.

Technologies You'll Use

Students who take GIS Database Development will use:

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Degree & Certificate Programs

This class is part of Penn State's award winning Online Geospatial Education portfolio of programs, which includes the Master of GIS degree and certificates in GIS, GEOINT, and Remote Sensing. All of these programs are taught online and designed around the needs of working professionals.

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What Our Students Say

"GEOG 484 taught me an immediately-applicable skillset -- I use what I learned pretty much every day at work. The final project in GEOG 484 dealt with concepts that I encounter at least once a week, and because of its carefully-chosen and structured project parts, I find I am able to deal with many database issues when I encounter them “in the wild.”"

- Kalan Contreras

“Penn State’s GIS Database Development course helped reinforce my foundational GIS knowledge and took my database structure and management skills to the next level. I was immediately able to take what I learned in class and apply it in my workplace.”

- Mike S.

"GEOG 484 introduced me to the importance of accurate data, proper editing/creation of data, and efficient planning/designing of geodatabases; with this new skill, I am now in more control of the data I have collected and am motivated to do even more in GIS. [T]he teacher, and teaching assistants, were so proactive and interactive during my learning experience."

- Katherine Melton

"The course helped me better understanding the importance of proper database formatting and data management … . Completing an extensive project with other students [is] a valuable experience that transitions to the workplace."

- Lori Brown

"To stand out among your peers in the GIS world, you must be able to create clean data sets from scratch as well as make changes to existing data. GEOG 484 teaches those critical skills as well as providing the guidelines for how to design efficient databases."

- Laura Emerson

"I don't work directly in the field of GIS and this class provided a great opportunity for me to interact directly with fellow student teammates who are already professionals within the field of GIS. Great Experience."

- Pete Rechtlich, Software Engineer (Aviation Industry)

Meet the Faculty

Michelle Zeiders
Panos Giannakis
Brandi Gaertner
Todd Bacastow

Online Geospatial Education Programs

This course is part of Penn State’s Online Geospatial Education portfolio of programs. For more information on our award-winning courses, certificates, and degree options, click below.