Program type:

Graduate Academic Certificate

On Campus
Est. time to complete:

1-2 semesters
Credit Hours:

Develop advanced GIS skills to add to your resume.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) represents the intersection of geospatial data management, analysis, research, and visualization and mapping.

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Why Earn a Geographic Information Systems Certificate?

Students who complete our certificate have acquired and honed their skills in fundamental GIS concepts, applications, analysis, and programming.

The certificate may be acquired within the geography master's but is open to students in other programs, non-degree seeking students, or outside professionals who wish to add GIS capabilities to their careers.

Geographic Information Systems Certificate Highlights

Learn to use state-of-the-art GIS software to produce geographic visualizations.
Manage and analyze geographic data.
Apply GIS programming in problem-solving.
Encounter a broad range of GIS courses.
Work with internationally renowned faculty.
High investment in students by faculty.

Geographic Information Systems Certificate Courses You Could Take

Advanced Geographic Information Systems (3 hrs):
Advanced spatial analysis through the use of specialized software and the design and development of spatial databases and applications. The course includes GIS data models, project planning, raster-based data manipulation and analysis, three-dimensional (3D) analysis, network analysis, and other advanced topics in spatial analysis.
Advanced GIS Programming (3 hrs):
Methods of creating new applications and improving productivity in GIS through computer programming, culminating in a programming project. Topics include accessing maps and data layers, querying and selecting features, updating databases, and accessing raster and TIN/Terrain layers.
Application Development with Python Programming (3 hrs):
Developing customized computer applications for efficiently processing and managing data is vital to fulfill needs that are not met by existing, off-the-shelf software. Examines Python programming concepts, input and output, logic structures, data structures, and object-oriented programming. Python applications are developed through a series of mini-projects covering a variety of tasks including data extraction from online sources, data manipulation and management in relational database management systems, and graphing and visualization.
Enabling Business Intelligence Using Enterprise GIS (3 hrs):
Focus on the computational infrastructure needed to gather geospatial and business intelligence. Develop solutions to clarify, streamline, and/or improve processes for the collection, management, and utilization of geospatial data.

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