Welcome to Geospatial @ UCLA

Geospatial @ UCLA, in partnership with UCLA Extension, offers a fully online certificate program in geographic information systems (GIS) and technology.  This fully-online, one-year certificate program provides a comprehensive introduction to state-of-the-art methods and techniques within the field of geographic information systems (GIS) and geospatial technology. All courses are designed to accommodate the schedules of working professionals. and no prior GIS experience is required or assumed. Participants who complete the program can expect to be sufficiently prepared for an entry-level job in GIS and/or related geospatial industries.

Geospatial @ UCLA also offers a wide range of services and tools, from batch geocoding to custom maps, for anyone!  Please browse this website or contact us if you have any questions or inquiries.

[BLOG] GIS Job Titles to Search for as a Recent Graduate

  • Posted on: 3 June 2017
  • By: Kirstin Rochel

Applying for a job can be difficult and frustrating, especially when you are not even sure if you are qualified for the posted job opening. Or maybe you are just about to graduate, like me, or have already finished your education but are not sure what kind of jobs you are even supposed to look for now. What is the official name for an entry-level GIS job? Do you count your school work as experience? What do you type into the search bar on the job portal site?

What are the prospects for employment in GIS and related industries?

  • Posted on: 19 December 2016
  • By: Nick Burkhart

Current and prospective GIS students regularly inquire about prospects for employment in the geospatial technology industry and in related fields where GIS is useful. Fortunately for GIS job seekers, many projections from government agencies and market research firms alike point toward considerable growth of the geospatial technology industry as well as growth in GIS-related employment sectors and fields. The U.S.

[Blog] Working with File Geodatabases (.gdb) using QGIS and GDAL

  • Posted on: 12 October 2015
  • By: Nick Burkhart

Despite the widely held misconception that file geodatabases (.gdb) can only be read and edited using tools within Esri's ArcGIS platform, recent versions of GDAL (and, therefore, GDAL-utilizing applications like QGIS) are capable of efficiently reading and extracting information from file geodatabases.  The file geodatabase format has emerged as a very common format for storing and exchanging spatial data, particularly considering that it allows for the storage of multiple data layers, and that it allows for the storage of data layers that exceed the limits of other specifications.

Web Geocoder

The UCLA Web Geocoder offers free Web-based access to UCLA address geocoding services. Street addresses in the United States and United Kingdom are supported. Support for locality-level geocoding is available for many other countries.

This is a batch geocoder that allows for the geocoding of multiple addresses. This geocoder supports input in two formats: (1) lists of addresses, and (2) comma-separated value (CSV) data containing an address field.