Teaching and Training

Professor Nebiyou Tilahun in class

Course Offerings, Graduate Certificates, and Minors Offered within the Department of Urban Planning and Policy, UDVL courses train students from across the UIC campus in the application of geospatial technologies. Students learn to analyze complex and interrelated data sources and create relevant and appealing visual representations that communicate meaningful information for decision-making. UDVL offers a graduate certificate in Geospatial Analysis and Visualization (GSAV), a 12 credit program for students pursuing in depth data analysis and design skills, and a series of two undergraduate classes for the GIS Minor.


Future Course Offerings:

Design Studio, Spatial Statistics, Excel Analysis Skills

Certificate in Geospatial Analysis and Visualization (GSAV)

This certificate program teaches students how to use software to collect and analyze data, in order to better understand the complex relationships and interactions within cities and regions, and how to translate this data into graphic and web-based forms that are easily understandable by professionals, public officials and the public.

All students will develop a working knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and each student will be able to concentrate on learning advanced visualization techniques, higher-level GIS, or complexity-based modeling for planning and policy.

The GSAV Campus Certificate can be completed in only 12 credit hours of coursework and is offered to non-degree students already holding a bachelors degree from an accredited university.  Credits may later be applied to a graduate degree, if the student is admitted and enrolled in the Masters of Urban Planning and Policy program within three years of completion of the certificate program.

All GSAV students will take:
UPP 460: Introduction to Geospatial Analysis and Visualization
UPP 461: Geographic Information Systems for Planning

And one of the following courses:
UPP 462: Intermediate Geographic Information Systems for Planning
UPP 463: Complexity-Based Models for Planning and Policy

Professional Training

UDVL staff designs and leads professional workshops and training for professionals throughout the city of Chicago in the areas of design, GIS, modeling and others.

Please contact udvl@uic.edu to discuss the possibility of bringing visualization skills to your organization.

Past Partners:
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago Teacher’s Union
American Planning Association – Chicago Chapter
McCormick Foundation