Fundamentals of Geographic Information Science (GIS) Certificate


A foundation in geographic information science (GIS) through prior coursework or professional work experience, approved by the department, is required for admission to the Fundamentals of GIS Program. Students without prior GIS experience can meet this requirement by completing GEO 590 Independent Study in Geography and Environmental Science. This course will provide the foundational GIS knowledge taught in GEO 305 Geographic Information Systems and Science I and additional GIS graduate level applications and learning objectives. Credits earned in GEO 590 do not count towards the Fundamentals of GIS Program.


GEO 505Geographic Information System and Science II3
Select six credits from any of the following. Courses are grouped by potential areas of focus.6
Field mapping
Geospatial Field Methods
Geospatial Applications of Unmanned Aerial Systems
Remote sensing
Remote Sensing of the Environment I
Remote Sensing of the Environment II
Map Design and Geovisualization
Web Mapping
Geospatial data analysis
Geospatial Automation
Geographic Information System and Science III
Quantitative Methods in Geography
Total Credits9

Students are required to develop a GIS portfolio and submit it to the program advisor to complete the Fundamentals of GIS Program.