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 GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS I: DIGITAL MAPPING
- GEO 242 GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS II: COMMUNITY GIS
- GEO 243 REMOTE SENSING
- GEO 391 STATISTICAL DATA ANALYSIS FOR GIS
- And one of the following:
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.