2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog 
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2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Geographic Information Sciences Certificate

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The certificate in Geographic Information Sciences (GISc) will prepare students to utilize their knowledge of geography, the physical environment, the cultural environment, geographic applications, and various technologies to meet the challenges of today’s society.

Geographic information sciences (GISc) are concerned with geographic concepts, the basic elements used to describe, analyze, model, and make decisions on phenomena distributed on the earth Department and surface. This GISc certificate includes the necessary courses to prepare the graduate to function in geographic information science.

Geographic information sciences are utilized by many local, state, and federal governmental agencies, including the US Geologic Survey. Nearly every job advertisement for geographers requests a GIS background. With GIS’s capability to visually display large amounts of geo-spatial data, thereby making it easier to analyze, there is a demand for college graduates educated in its use.

The certificate targets people seeking a different level of learning outside of a traditional degree format. The Department delivers the certificate statewide, especially targeting employees of the EROS Data Center. The program allows students to develop their knowledge and skills in one of two technical specialties, either GIS or Remote Sensing/Cartography.

Requirements for Geographic Information Sciences Certificate: 12

Choose one set of technical electives: 6

GIS technical electives: Choose two from the following.

Remote Sensing/ Cartography technical electives: Choose two from the following.


  • Since the targeted audience will in most cases minimally hold a bachelor’s degree, some flexibility in the certificate plan of study will need to be made on a case by case basis. Substitutions and alternate courses may be approved as the need arises.
  • Students must earn at least a “C” in each course used to meet the departmental requirements of all majors, minors, and certificates.




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