Certificate in Geographic Information Systems

Certificates may be earned by regularly matriculated or extended learning students and denote successful completion of a prescribed program of study designed to:

  1. impart specified professional/vocational/career competencies; or
  2. produce mastery of the content of a sub-field of an academic major (discipline); or
  3. provide exposure to the range of materials in a traditional or emerging interdisciplinary field.

Certain certificate programs contain 600-level courses as requirements and/or electives. These 600-level courses may not be taken by undergraduate students. Candidates must receive two-thirds of their certificate-applicable credit from the university. The transferring of credit or the substitution of courses may occur only after application to the appropriate campus authority.

Geographic information systems (GIS) has been developing rapidly and increasingly become a vital part in government policy-making, and industrial applications. The Certificate in Geographic Information Systems is designed to provide students with the fundamental principles and cutting-edge techniques in GIS and related technology. Upon completion of the certificate, students are well equipped with necessary knowledge and skills for their GIS or GIS-related career.  Requirements (22 - 23 units).

Certificate Requirements (22-23 units)

Required courses (15)
GEOG 2250Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Cartography4
GEOG 3710Advanced Geographic Information Systems4
GEOG 3730Geo-Spatial Analysis3
GEOG 4880Remote Sensing of the Environment4
Elective courses (7-8)
Choose any two courses from the following:7-8
Web GIS
GIS and Socio-Economic Applications
Environmental GIS
Internship in Geography
Total Units22-23