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Geographic Information Systems Certificate

The GIS Certificate provides recognition for students completing the required number of GIS-related classes at a high level of competence (minimum average GPA of 2.7). Certification will provide students with a powerful tool to assist their future job searches.

Required classes: 4

GEOG 301 - Introduction to GIS and Maps (4 credits)
GEOG 303 - GIS and Data Management (5 credits)
GEOG 404 - GIS Analysis (5 credits)
GEOG 330 or GEOG 411 - Airphoto Interpretation or GIS: Programming and Automation (5 credits)

Electives classes: choose 2, minimum of 8 credits

GEOG 330* - Airphoto Interpretation (5 credits)
GEOG 411* - GIS: Programming and Automation (5 credits)
GEOG 409 - Quantitative Methods (5 credits)
GEOG 417 - Advanced GIS (4 credits)
GEOG 430 - Remote Sensing (5 credits)
GEOG 485 - Topics in GIS or Remote Sensing (up to 4 credits)
GEOG 496 - Independent study (GIS topics) (up to 4 credits)
GEOG 494 - Applied GIS Project (up to 4 credits)
GEOG 490 - Cooperative Education (GIS topics) (up to 4 credits)
CS 110 - Programming Fundamentals I (4 credits)
Other classes with Director’s permission

Minimum total credits for the certificate: 27

*If not taken as a required class

To receive a GIS Certificates, students must maintain a 2.7 average GPA (B-) in the certificate classes with a minimum grade of C-.

For further information contact Dr. Sterling Quinn at

For course descriptions, please refer to the current course catalog.

The department also offers a Bachelor of Science in Geographic Information Science.


Dedicated 25 seat computer lab and 6 seat overflow lab.
HP color plotter (42" roll)
Color and B&W laser printers
Two desktop scanners
Large format color scanner
20 Garmin Etrex GPS receivers with download capability.
4 Trimble GeoXM GPS receivers


University site license for all ESRI products (ArcGIS primarily).
ERDAS Imagine
Google Earth Pro.
CorelDraw Graphics Suite
MS Office Suite

R Studio

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