Purdue’s College of Agriculture has launched a new online graduate certificate for students who want to explore spatial data science.
The field allows for deeper analysis of data, helping to uncover hidden patterns and improve predictive modeling.
The university says the program is designed for learners with a bachelor’s degree looking to gain technical expertise to broaden the scope of their current job or obtain professional advancement.
This online course is geared towards people working in the fields of agronomy, forestry and agricultural and biological engineering.
“We see participants using this certificate in many different ways,” said Joe Anderson, director of distance education for the College of Agriculture. “If they work for a seed company, for example, then they might use data collection on crop characteristics and yield components to instruct clientele how to plant them.
Anderson says by the end of the nine-month program the student will understand how you take environmental and other relevant data from a variety of sources and use that to create meaningful solutions.
“The certificate will help learners gain knowledge and develop a number of skills in geographic information systems, geopositioning, remote sensing, manipulation and evaluation of environmental data and principles of landscape ecology,” said Shawn Donkin, assistant dean for research and graduate education.
Registration for the certificate program is open and courses begin January 13.