Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018

Geographic Information Science Certificate

Geographic Information Science (GISc) involves the application of spatial information and mapping technologies to solving complex problems which exist over space.  Since most human pursuits and environmental events of interest occur on the surface of Earth, GISc applies to many fields of academic inquiry, from geography and ecology to marketing, sociology, public health, and political science. 

After completing this certificate program, graduates can demonstrate superior training and thinking as they move into graduate careers and professional opportunities.  Specifically, students will be able to:

  • develop spatial solutions to current economics, environmental and sociological issues;

  • describe geographic information science (GISc) as a field of research and applied knowledge;

  • produce maps, graphics, and visual images to inform public and academic research;

  • demonstrate GIS skill sets required for public and private applications;

  • construct spatial databases and computer programming tools;

  • engage local communities with information and analysis to improve the condition of our campus and community.

Certificate Requirements

Certificate Core Courses

Complete both of the following courses:
GEOG 3100Intro Geographic Information


GEOG 4100Adv Geographic Information


Total Credit Hours:6

Upper-level Electives

Complete 9-10 hours of the following courses:
BIOL 3800GI Science Tech-Landscape Ecol


ENSC 3800GI Science Tech-Landscape Ecol


CSCI 4710Databases


CSCI 4830Computer Graphics


GEOG 4105Geospatial Data Management


GEOG 4110Remote Sensing


GEOG 4115Computer Cartography


Total Credit Hours:9-10

Certificate Capstone

Complete 3-6 hours of the following courses:
ENSC 4960Internship

3 - 6

ENSC 4999Undergraduate Research

0 - 4

GEOG 4960Internship

1 - 15

GEOG 4990Academic Workshop

1 - 3

Total Credit Hours:3-6

Total Credit Hours: 18-22

Undergraduate certificates may only be earned and will only be awarded in conjunction with a bachelor's degree.  They will not be awarded as an independent credential.

Courses used to fulfill certificate requirements may also be used to fulfill core, major, minor, or other program requirements.