Del Mar College will be offering the first Artificial Intelligence Certificate program in the country for a community college in the fall of 2021.
The DMC Computer Science, Engineering and Advanced Technology department will offer its first AI course as part of a 14-hour Level I Certificate program that also supports an Associate in Science in Geographical Information Systems degree.
The first course, Introduction to Artificial Intelligence, will cover AI and machine learning and will be taught online by course designer and computer science professor Phillip Davis.
The course is one of five making up the new program.
“Our new program and this course incorporate state-of-the-art artificial intelligence and machine learning into applied information technologies, such as Geographical Information Systems, and are the first of their kind in the nation,” Davis said.
Davis said Del Mar is the only two-year community college partner that is a member of the National Science Foundation’s 2020 investment in AI institutes nationwide.
The program is part of a five-year $3.2 million collaboration with Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi announced in August 2020 as part of a $20 million partnership led by the University of Oklahoma.
Registration for the fall course is underway and only requires an introductory programming course as a prerequisite. Individuals can take one of three programming classes during the Summer I session beginning June 1 to meet the prerequisite before the fall AI class begins.
In addition to course tuition and fees, the fall course utilizes a $5 online textbook and loads of free software and data for completing AI programming exercises.
The AI certificate will prepare Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technicians for applying the power of artificial intelligence to geospatial applications such as coastal wetlands management, hurricane emergency response and other coastal purposes.
For more information about the course and program, contact Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org.