Geographic Information Science Certificate

The undergraduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science requires a minimum of 19 s.h. of credit. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in work for the certificate. Courses taken pass/nonpass do not count toward the certificate. The certificate may not be earned by students enrolled in a UI graduate or professional degree program.

Students completing the Certificate in Geographic Information Science will be able to understand how:

  • Geographic patterns and processes are captured and represented using computer technologies. 
  • Spatial analytical methods are used to address challenges associated with the study and management of urban, natural, and agricultural systems. 
  • Geospatial technologies (e.g., geographic information and remote sensing systems) can be used to conduct spatial analyses. geovisualization is used to communicate the results of spatial analyses. 
  • Collaborative project teams address complicated geographic issues. 

Our objective with this certificate is to help build a knowledgeable geospatial workforce that understands how to use GIScience properly and is able to apply this understanding in ways that lead to, for example, improved transportation systems, better water quality, or more productive companies. The certificate will provide students with a higher level of knowledge of related concepts and theories through readings and discussions, and as well as an applied understanding of related technology through hands-on laboratory exercises.

Students who major in geography (Geographic Information Science track) or who earn a minor in geographic information science cannot earn the Certificate in Geographic Information Science.

The Certificate in Geographic Information Science requires the following coursework:

Core Courses: all required 

GEOG:2050 Foundations of GIS 4 s.h.
GEOG:3500 Environmental Remote Sensing 3 s.h.
GEOG:3540 Geographic Visualization 3 s.h.

Geographic Analysis Electives: choose 1 of the following 

GEOG:3050 Geospatial Programming 3 s.h.
GEOG:4500 Advanced Remote Sensing 4 s.h.
GEOG:4580 Geographic Databases 3 s.h.

Application Electives: choose 2 of the following 

GEOG:1030 Our Digital Earth 3 s.h.
GEOG:3570 LiDAR: Principles & Applications 3 s.h.
GEOG:3520 GIS for Environmental Studies 3 s.h.
GEOG:4150 Health & Environment GIS App. 3 s.h.