Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Certificate

Geographic information systems (GIS) consist of computer hardware, software, data, and people that is used to capture, manage, analyze, display, and distribute all forms of geographically referenced information. Effective use of GIS has evolved into a requisite skill in most academic research, as well as for agencies in both the public and private sectors. Undergraduate students from such varied disciplines as geography, atmospheric science, biology, engineering, economics, urban planning, landscape architecture, and sociology benefit from applying GIS and related technologies such as global positioning systems (GPS), remote sensing, spatial statistics, and computer programming to input, analyze, model, and display (map) location-based data. As such, it has found wide applications in the sciences and engineering, as well as in business, government, military, and consumer areas.

The certificate program is designed to provide undergraduate students with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the rapidly expanding field of GIScience or apply GIScience concepts in their own field of study. 

Students interested in pursuing the certificate should review the requirements and meet with Undergraduate Academic Advisor Jordan Clark, or the GIS program director, Professor Xingong Li.

General requirements:

Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA in courses taken in the certificate program. A student pursuing the certificate can take no longer than 7 years to pursue the certificate unless a leave of absence or other extenuating circumstances are present. Students interested in pursuing the certificate should review the requirements and meet with Undergraduate Academic Advisor Jordan Clark, or the GIS program director, Professor Xingong Li.

Course requirements:

To complete the certificate, 14 credit hours must be completed within 7 academic years. Among them 8 credit hours are from two required core GIS courses and additional 6 credit hours are from electives. Only one course outside of the department can be included in these 14 credit hours.

Courses may be waived in consultation with the Director if the student can demonstrate satisfactory completion of similar coursework. If transfer courses are to be used to meet program requirements, the student must furnish the program director with a certified university transcript and, in some instances, a copy of the class syllabus.  A maximum of 6 transfer credit hours may be used to meet program requirements. 

Core Geographic Information Systems Courses (8)8
GEOG 358Principles of Geographic Information Systems4
GEOG 558Intermediate Geographical Information Systems4
Elective courses (6)6
Geographic Information Systems 
Topics in Techniques: _____ 
Spatial Databases 
Location Modeling 
Topics in Geographic Information Science: _____ 
Geographic Information Science 
Computer Programming for Mapping and Spatial Analysis 
GIS Application Programming 
Introductory Cartography and Geovisualization 
GEOG 512
Advanced Cartography and Geovisualization 
Advanced Topics in Geovisualization 
Methods of Analyzing Geographical Data 
Applied Multivariate Analysis in Geography 
Advanced Geostatistics 
Remote Sensing 
Remote Sensing of Environment I 
Remote Sensing of Environment II 
Remote Sensing 
Geographic Information Systems focused internship or independent study 
Geographic Internship 
Special Topics in Geography: _____ 
GEOG 518
Geoinformatics Internship 
Geographic Information Systems application courses from other departments (EEB, Geology, Urban Planning, SPAA, EVRN, Business, and Engineering)