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Certificate in Location Analysis

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Why Location Analysis Policy?

In real estate, a common mantra is “location, location, location!” Similarly, for retail businesses location is of fundamental importance. Recently Google has sought location analysts to program movie ads for specific markets (Austin American Statesman March 2, 2011). An Internet search will yield numerous listings for “location planning analysts” that seek persons to provide expertise for locating business activities. Many retail businesses have failed because their location did not provide sufficient customer exposure and convenience. For other businesses, non-government organizations (NGO’s), and government agencies as well, optimal location of a facility is of critical importance. Locating such activities is a quintessential geographic problem. Larger firms, NGO’s, especially chambers of commerce, and government agencies have specialists and departments whose tasks include analyzing locations and markets to determine where to locate their facilities and services. Smaller businesses, NGO’s and government agencies hire consulting firms that perform these services on a contractual basis.

What skills does a Location Analysis certificate provide?

The Certificate in Location Analysis provides a focused background to prepare students to work as location analysts in the public and private sectors. Such persons analyze spatial data to identify and optimize locations for business and public activities. Educational objectives are (1) to know and apply the concepts, principles, and methods of location analysis and (2) to know geographic concepts and skills that are essential to optimize business and public activities.

What are the admission requirements?

Students with an undergraduate degree should contact the Texas State Graduate College at 512.245.2581 or visit their website. You may also download a graduate application. The cost of a complete graduate college master's application is $10 in U.S. currency along with a formal transcript of credits. The department must approve the application before the student will be activated into the CATS registration system. Once approved, the student can register through CATS, providing the prerequisites have been met.

The intent for the certificate program is to target students in a degree seeking status OR post baccalaureate.
Students with NO undergraduate degree should contact the Texas State Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 512.245.2364 or visit their website.
A. Special Student Options
(certificate-seeking student, non-degree status)

Option I. Completed college work with 2.25 GPA or higher
• undergraduate application: (Texas Common Application www.applytexas.org and select the non-degree special student option)
• $40 U.S. currency fee.
• undergraduate Admissions Special Student Form
• cumulative GPA of 2.25 in previous university work
• not on suspension, dismissal or enforced withdrawal at another institute of higher learning
• not eligible for financial aid
• application for special student status must be made prior to registration, and student must reapply each semester. Initial application fee is $40 and each subsequent reapplication fee is $10. Reapplication must be made prior to registration; thus, it is recommended that the student reapply early in the semester to take advantage of advance registration. Advance registration will provide better selection of class lecture and lab times. Enrollment as an undergraduate special student is limited to the GIS courses and cannot exceed 24 credit hours.
• must clear Texas Success Initiative Program (TSIP) status. The Texas State TSIP office is located in ASBN 101; phone 512.245.3942, website
If you have not been a Texas State student, your previous institution can provide your TSI record.
• approval must be granted by the director of admissions and the Department of Geography. Once approved, the student will be activated in the CATS registration system and may register for courses.
Option II. Completed high school diploma or GED and have not been enrolled in any secondary or post-secondary coursework for the last three years.
• undergraduate application: (Texas Common Application www.applytexas.org and select the non-degree special student option)
• $40 U.S. currency fee
• high school diploma or equivalent and not enrolled in any secondary or post-secondary institution for the last three years
• not be suspension, dismissal or enforced withdrawal at another institution of higher learning
• not eligible for financial aid
• application for special student status must be made prior to registration, and student must reapply each semester. Initial application fee is $40, and each subsequent reapplication fee is $10. Reapplication must be made prior to registration; thus it is recommended that the student reapply early in the semester to take advantage of advanced registration. Advanced registration will provide better selection of class lecture and lab times. Enrollment as an undergraduate special student is limited to the GIS courses and cannot exceed 24 hours.
• must clear TSI status. The Texas State TSIP office is located in ASB 101; phone 512.245.3942, and website. If you have not been a Texas State
student, your previous institution can provide your TSIP record.
• approval must be granted by the Director of Admission and Department of Geography. Once approved, the student will be activated in the CATS registration system and may register for courses.
B. Student with no prior college experience and completed high school less than three
years ago (degree-seeking status)
• required to meet general admission requirements (Texas State Undergraduate Catalog 2006-2008, page 18) and must go through
new-student orientation.
• Texas Common Application: (www.applytexas.org) for Freshman Admission including one essay and information on extracurricular activities, $40 application fee and all credentials by the required deadline.
• submit high school transcript with class rank and SAT or ACT
• take the SAT I or ACT and have your test results sent directly to Texas State
• complete the Texas Recommended High School Program
• acceptance letter will be sent to the student. Once approved, the student will be activated in the CATS registration system and may register for courses.
Current Texas State students - non-geography major
• provide name and student ID number to the undergraduate administrator, or 512.245.0372.
• verify that prerequisite requirements have been completed.

What are the course requirements?

GEO 2426 – Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
GEO 3310 – Urban Geography
GEO 3323 – Location Analysis
• Select two courses from:
GEO 3303 – Economic Geography
GEO 3349 – Population Geography
GEO 3411 - Maps and Mapmaking
GEO 3426 – Advanced Geographic Information Systems
GEO 4393 – Business Geography

What are the certificate requirements?

• no grade lower than a C in any of the required Location Analysis courses
• minimum 2.5 overall GPA for the four required Location Analysis courses
• only two courses from other institutions can be given credit and must be approved by the undergraduate advisor.
• during last semester of the certificate program complete Application form (PDF format). Download by clicking the
   link or picking up in ELA 130
• students will receive a Environmental Interpretation certificate, and the completion of the certificate will be noted
  on the transcript.