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The Department of Geography and Atmospheric Science offers both undergraduate and graduate certificates in Geographic Information Science. These certificates are designed to provide students in a variety of fields with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the expanding field of GIScience or to apply GIScience concepts to their own fields of study. 

Those studying biology, engineering, economics, urban planning, landscape architecture, sociology, business, and more benefit from applying GIS and related technologies to their work. Related technologies include GPS, remote sensing, spatial statistics, computer programming. With these skills they can input, analyze, model, and display (map) location-based data. 


  • 14 credit hours, completed within 7 years
  • Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA in the courses
  • 8 of the 14 credit hours must be from two required core GIS courses
  • Remaining 6 hours are chosen from electives
  • Only one course outside of the department can be included
  • Maximum hours of transfer credit are 6
  • Learn more about the Undergraduate GIS Certificate and application process



  • 12 credit hours are required to earn the certificate, completed within 4 years
  • Core courses may be waived and replaced with approved electives in cases where students have completed the same course for undergraduate credit.
  • Current KU graduate students must speak with their academic advisor before entering the program
  • Learn more about the Graduate GIS Certificate and application process


The Department of Geography and Atmospheric Science now offers an undergraduate certificate program in Climate and Climate Change (CCH).

Climate Change is an increasingly important societal issue since it will impact how we secure water, energy, and food in the near future. The potential impacts from a changing climate are widespread and range from a rise in global sea level as ocean waters are heated and ice stored on land is transferred to the oceans at increasing rates; increasing surface temperatures; more widespread drought events of longer duration; and the possibility of more frequent and more intense hurricanes making landfall in the region surrounding the Gulf of Mexico.

It is critical to educate future decision makers who can influence local, national, and international policies and adopt a rational approach to dealing with impacts of climate change. The goal of this Certificate Program aligns well with the University of Kansas’ mission to educate citizens, consumers, and leaders, and to contribute to the building of safe and healthy communities.


  • 12-14 credit hours
  • 6 of those credit hours are from two required courses
  • Remaining 6-8 credits are chosen from a list of approved electives

For more information about the Geography program or to declare an intent to major in Geography, contact Lisa Hamblen, at 785-864-3500 or lhamblen@ku.edu.

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