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 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.
Current course requirements can be viewed in the KU online catalogue.