Geographic Information Science Certificate

Certificate Program in Geographic Information Science (GISc)

Geographic Information Science (GISc) is a fast-growing computer technology field involving mapping and analysis of spatial data. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) enable us to assess and manage existing conditions, and also help predict future conditions, ranging from monitoring disease occurrences to endangered species preservation, managing water supplies, tracking real estate values, and crime solving.

GIS is used today in fields as diverse as law enforcement, marketing, economic development, public health administration, environmental analysis, ecology, urban planning, real estate, government, education, geology, anthropology, and archaeology. GISc is an expanding field with good career opportunities, and GIS professionals are in high demand in many fields. People with GIS skills can also be more marketable as managers and analysts in their own fields. A certificate in GISc can be advantageous by itself or in augmenting a bachelor's or associate's degree.

The certificate in GISc consists of a sequence of four courses, equaling 14 credits, plus one 3-credit Geography elective course, for a total of 17 credits:

GEP 204Basic Mapping: Applications and Analysis

3

GEP 205Principles of Geographic Information Science

3

GEP 350Special Projects in Geographic Information Systems

4

GEH 490Honors in Geography.

One semester, 2, 3, or 4 credits (may be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits).

GEH Geography elective

3

Geography Elective (3 credits), to be selected from among:

GEH 101An Introduction to Geography

3

GEH 230Human Geography

3

GEP 230Urban Environmental Management

3

GEH 235Conservation of the Environment

3

GEH 240Urban Geography

3

GEH 266/GEH 266Geography of Development

3

Other courses may be substituted for the elective requirement with the Department's permission.