Geographic Information Systems Certificate

Certificate in GIS Sciences and Technologies

The Certificate in GIS Sciences and Technologies, jointly offered by the departments of Geography and Forest Management, is aimed at present or future professionals or scientists who require skills in GIS technologies. The purpose of this program is to provide undergraduate students or individuals possessing an undergraduate degree with the training, knowledge, and understanding necessary to acquire, process, analyze, and properly display digital geographic data.

Special Requirements for the Certificate

To earn a certificate in GIS Sciences and Technologies, students must either complete or have completed an undergraduate degree and complete a minimum of 18 semester credit hours of course work, including 9 to 10 required credits and 8 to 9 elective credits as described below. Students must achieve at least an overall grade point average of 3.0 for courses within the program in order to earn a certificate. The certificate will be awarded upon the successful completion of all of the requirements of the certificate and the undergraduate degree.

Post-secondary Certificate - Geographic Information Systems

W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation

Degree Specific Credits: 18

Required Cumulative GPA: 3.0

Catalog Year: 2020-21


Required GIS Core Courses


Advanced Elective Courses


Total Hours


Required GIS Core Courses

Rule: Complete each of the following subcategories. 9-10 credits required.




Introduction to GIS - Complete one of the following courses:


FORS 250

Intro to GIS for Forest Mgt

GPHY 284

Intro to GIS and Cartography

Photogrammetry/Remote Sensing - Complete one of the following courses:


FORS 351

Env Remote Sensing

GPHY 487
& GPHY 489

Remote Sensing/Raster GIS
and Cartography/GIS Laboratory

Additional Required Course - Complete one of the following courses:


FORS 350

Forestry Apps of GIS

GPHY 488

Applications of GIS

Total Hours


Minimum Required Grade: C-

Elective Courses




Complete 8-9 credits of the following courses:


ANTY 452

GIS in Archaeology

CSCI 100

Introduction to Programming

CSCI 444

Data Visualization

FORS 505

Sampling Methods

FORS 551

Digital Image Processing

GPHY 385

Field Techniques

GPHY 468
& GPHY 469

Community & Regional Analysis
and Planning & Analysis Laboratory

GPHY 474

Remote Sensing for Freshwater Ecology

GPHY 481

Advanced Cartographic Design

GPHY 485

Internet GIS

GPHY 486
& GPHY 489

Transport, Planning & GIS
and Cartography/GIS Laboratory

GPHY 564

Planning Design

GPHY 580

Seminar GIS & Cartography

GPHY 587
& GPHY 589

Image Analysis & Modeling
and Cartography/GIS Laboratory

GPHY 588
& GPHY 589

Spatial Analysis and Modeling
and Cartography/GIS Laboratory

WILD 562

Wildlife Habitat Modeling

Minimum Required Grade: C-