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Geographic Information Science
Undergraduate Certificate Program

The certificate in Geographic Information Science has as its core the study and use of geographic information systems (GIS). Central to this program are the theoretical and applied fundamentals of the collection, management, analysis and representation of spatial data. The program builds on this core by exploring both traditional and novel methods for geo-visualization. Methods include teaching about various GIS and remote sensing technologies used to collect and analyze spatial data and how to use these technologies, critically discussing the implications of geo-spatial technologies on individuals and society, demonstrating how geo-spatial technologies are used effectively in urban and regional planning processes; and by exploration of applications of GIS to environmental, resource and policy/management issues.

The five-course series offers the opportunity for you to expand your knowledge and expertise in the area of Geographic Information Science (GISci). Participants in the 16-17 credit certificate will receive the theoretical and technical education needed to acquire, manage and critically analyze and represent geo-referenced data. The program offers basic and advanced courses in map design and geo-visualization, geographic information systems, remote sensing and geo-spatial technologies in general.

Total Required Credits (19 cr)

Required courses:

GEOG 2552

Intro to Maps & GIS (3 cr)

GIS 3563

GIScience I: Theory & Analysis (4 cr)

GIS 3564

GIScience II: Applied GIS (4 cr)

Choose at least 2 courses from these electives:

GEOG 3205 -
FORS 3205

Mapping in Belize (3 cr)

GEOG 3532

Map Design and Geographic Visualization (4 cr)

GIS 3533

Multimedia, Animated and Internet Mapping (4 cr)

GEOG 3580

Earth Imagery (4 cr)

GIS 3585

Spatial Statistics (4 cr)

GIS 5571

GIS in Urban Analysis (4 cr)

GIS 5572

Environmental Applications in GIScience (4 cr)

GIS 5573

GIScience in Regional Sustainability Applications (4 cr)

GIS 5581

Digital Image Processing and Analysis (4 cr)

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Current TUITION & FEE RATES - This certificate is not eligible for financial aid.

To be admitted to the undergraduate certificate, students must have:

  • An overall GPA of at least 2.00
  • Satisfactorily complete at least two-thirds of the most recent 30 semester credits attempted
  • A full understanding of basic computer use is expected.

Note: Students pursuing the GIScience major or minor are not eligible for the GIScience certificate program.


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