Geographic Information Systems, Graduate Certificate

A geographic information system (GIS) combines layers of data to give needed information on specific locations. Such a system can map environmental sensitivities or geological features or can report on how best to speed emergency personnel to an accident or crime scene. Current fields using GIS include healthcare, public safety, environmental management, transportation and operations technology, real estate, and public utilities.

The Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems program offers hands-on training, seeking to give students the necessary skills and understanding to apply GIS competently and effectively. As a result of the certificate curriculum, students should be well versed in GIS theory, have practical hands-on exposure to GIS software and hardware, understand the representation of data in both mapped and tabular forms, and know how to plan and construct spatial databases.

The courses in this certificate program may be applied to the Master of Professional Studies in Geographic Information Technology.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Required Courses

GIS 5101Introduction to Geographic Information Systems3
GIS 5102Fundamentals of GIS Analysis3
RMS 5105Fundamentals of Remote Sensing3
GIS 5201Advanced Spatial Analysis3


Complete two of the following:6
Use and Applications of Free and Open-Source GIS Desktop Software
GIS Customization
Planning a GIS Implementation
Spatial Databases
Internet-Based GIS
Business Applications of Geographic Information Systems
Healthcare Applications of Geographic Information Systems
Crisis Mapping for Humanitarian Action
Geospatial Analysis of Crime
GIS for Defense, Homeland Security, and Emergency Response

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

18 total quarter hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required