GIScience Certificate

The objective of the GIScience certificate program is to equip students with the skills to apply analytical procedures of GIS, Remote Sensing, and Cartography to address geographical and environmental issues.

To enroll in the GIScience Certificate, you must add it through the declaration of major form and submit it to the Registrar’s Office through RT.

Required credits (minimum 21 credits)

Core (15 credits)

  • GES 286 Mapping the Environment: An Introduction to GIS (4 credits)
  • GES 381 Remote Sensing (4 credits)
  • GES 386 Intermediate GIS (4 credits)
  • GES 486 Advanced Applications in Geographic Information Systems (3 credits)
    GES 488 Spatial Data Analysis and GIS Applications (3 credits)

Electives (choose two, minimum 6 credits)

  • GES 486 or GES 488* (3 credits, see note below)
  • GES 383 Statistical & Thematic Cartography (4 credits)
  • GES 405 Applied Landscape Ecology (4 credits)
  • GES 419 Watershed Analysis (3 credits)
  • GES 462 GIS and Human-Environmental Systems (3 credits)
  • GES 481 Remote Sensing of the Environment (3 credits)
  • GES 482 Cartographic Internship** (3 credits, see note below)
  • GES 483 GIS Internship** (3 credits, see note below)

* GES 486 and GES 488 can both be taken and both can count toward the GIScience Certificate: one will count toward the core requirement and one will count toward the elective requirement.

** Only one internship (3 credits) is allowed to count toward the GIScience Certificate and must be approved by your advisor.

A student must have a 2.5 or better GPA in the certificate courses, and no course with a grade lower than a C can count toward the certificate. Students who complete the certificate requirements with a 3.25 GPA will earn a GIScience Certificate with Distinction.  No course substitutions are allowed for Program Requirements. Students should consult with an academic advisor to effectively complete the certificate requirements.