College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences > Academics > Certificates > Geographic Information Systems Certificate
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:
GEO 141 and GEO 242 must be taken in sequence. GEO 141 is a pre-requisite for all 300-level GIS classes. GEO 243 can be taken at any time. All students with a Geotechnology Concentration will automatically also earn the GIS certificate. Other GEO concentrations, please contact the Department if you are considering pursuing the GIS Certificate.
In order to earn a certificate in GIS, a student must:
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.
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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are now used in fields such as urban planning, environmental monitoring, marketing, business and retail analytics, law enforcement, public health, disaster management, data journalism, and numerous other careers and professional fields.
In the Graduate GIS Certificate, students will learn to make maps, manipulate and query tabular data, work with GPS data, conduct spatial analysis, and propose, define, and implement GIS projects. Courses integrate lectures and hands-on exercises using ArcGIS at one of three specialized computer lab locations on campus.
The Graduate GIS Certificate Program requires 16 credit hours of instruction. It provides a broad education in GIS and serves as a basis for entry-level employment opportunities in the geotechnology industry. Four courses are required to complete the Graduate GIS Certificate:
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