College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences > Academics > Geography > Class Search > GEO 441 FAQ

FAQ about GEO 441: GIS for Community Development

I am a graduate student at DePaul, can this course count towards my degree?

This would depend on the number of open electives that your degree program allows. Please check with your Department.

I am a graduate student at another University, can I enroll in GEO441? If so, what is the process for enrolling?

You can enroll in GEO441 if DePaul admits you as a student. If you are not following a degree program at DePaul, please contact the Office for Admissions to find out the status that best suits your needs. This would likely be as a student at large or non-degree student. For more information visit the Admission & Aid site, where you can submit your application on-line after you create an account. Check the option to apply as a non-degree seeking student.  You should hear back from DePaul within a few days after you submit the application.​​

Is there a pre-requisite for GEO441?

Yes - it is a graduate course so you must have an undergraduate degree (BA/BS or equivalent) that is recognized by DePaul University.

Does GEO441 count towards the GIS Certificate?

At the present time, GEO441 does not count towards the GIS Certificate.

Can I complete the GIS Certificate after taking GEO441?

Yes, you can. You should enroll as an undergraduate non-degree seeking student through the Office of Admissions. Once you have enrolled, please contact the Department of Geography about how to proceed with the Certificate.

Is GEO441 part of a Graduate Program in Geography?

No. It is currently a stand-alone course.

Can I take GEO441 as an on-line course?

No. Like all GIS classes at DePaul, GEO441 will be taught on the University’s Lincoln Park campus in Chicago.

If I need more information about GEO 441 whom should I contact?

The Department of Geography ( We can then direct your question to the appropriate faculty member.

Is GEO 441 cross listed?

Yes. The cross-listing varies from year to year.

When is GEO 441 typically offered?

Twice per year in Summer and Fall. If there is demand, additional sections may be scheduled.

Should I take GEO 241 or another introductory GIS course to get the basics before enrolling for GEO 441?

There is no need to. GEO441 is designed for graduate students who are interested in applications of GIS to community development and are not familiar with GIS. In other words, you will get some basics by enrolling for GEO 441.

Can assignments be customized to my specific needs (such as writing a thesis, or fulfilling the needs of community organizations that I work for/with)?

This is possible and may be arranged with the faculty member teaching the course. You may be able to bring your own topic or project in completing one of the course requirements, namely that which centers on developing and implementing a GIS project for community development.