Geographic Information Systems Undergraduate Certificate

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The Certificate Program requires 20 hours of instruction. It provides sophisticated education in GIS, remote sensing and cartography and serves as a basis for entry-level employment in the geotechnology industry. There are five required courses to complete the certificate:

Course Title Quarter Hours
GEO 141GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS I: DIGITAL MAPPING4
GEO 242GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS II: COMMUNITY GIS4
GEO 243REMOTE SENSING4
GEO 391STATISTICAL DATA ANALYSIS FOR GIS4
Select one of the following:4
REMOTE SENSING II
GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS III: SPATIAL ANALYSIS FOR SUSTAINABILITY
PROGRAMMING IN PYTHON FOR GIS
GIS ANALYSIS OF ENVIRONMENTAL AND PUBLIC HEALTH
WEB GIS AND SPATIAL DATA VISUALIZATION ON THE WEB

GEO 141 and GEO 242 must be taken in sequence. GEO 141 is a pre-requisite for GEO 391. GEO 243 can be taken at any time. Please contact the Department if you are considering pursuing the GIS Certificate, even if you are a declared geography major.

In order to earn a certificate in GIS, a student must:

  • Earn at least a grade of C- in each Certificate course.
  • Earn at least a cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all courses applied to the Certificate.
  • Earn a letter grade. The pass / fail option may not be selected for courses in the Certificate.

A student completing a GIS Certificate is eligible to simultaneously complete a Geography minor. No more than 3 GIS Certificate courses can be applied to a Geography minor. A student wishing to complete a GIS Certificate and a Geography minor will complete a minimum of 8 Geography courses. Please see a faculty advisor in the Department of Geography for further details.