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Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Professionals

Adviser: Huge Semple, PhD.
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A five-course curriculum, granting a certificate of completion and satisfactory academic performance, is available for non-degree students. It is designed for GIS specialists, technicians, planners, information technology professionals and others interested in using geographic information technology in jobs or for careers.

Admission Requirements

Certificate curriculum applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and meet Graduate School admission requirements.
Certificate Requirements
Following admission, the student should consult with the GIS professional certificate program coordinator regarding the set up of a study plan. This certificate requires 15 hours of required course work as follows:

Restricted Elective Courses: 15 hours
GEOG 579 - Geographic Information Systems 3 hrs
GEOG 584 - Visual Programming for GIS Customization 3 hrs
GEOG 585 - Geographic Information Systems Applications 3 hrs
GEOG 668 - GIS Project 3 hrs
GEOG 678 - Advanced Desktop Programming for GIS Customization 3 hrs

Certificate Total: 15 hours

Undergraduate Courses for Graduate Credit: Geography and Geology

The following courses may be elected for graduate credit. A maximum of nine hours of approved 400-level course work may be permitted in the earning of any graduate degree.

If you intend to enroll in any of the following undergraduate courses for graduate credit, you must submit a request form from the Graduate School to receive permission before enrolling in the course; otherwise, you will receive undergraduate credit.

Historic Preservation Courses:
GHPR 475 - Architectural Nomenclature 2 hrs

Geography Courses:
GEOG 441 - Transportation Geography and Planning 3 hrs
GEOG 445 - Cultural Tourism Resources 3 hrs
GEOG 446 - Heritage Interpretation and Tourism 3 hrs
GEOG 480 - Geographic Information Systems Projects 3 hrs
URP 435 - History of Urban Form and Function 3 hrs

Earth Science Courses:
ESSC 406 - Nature of Science 1 hr
[ESSC406 available for graduate credit in the Earth Science Education program only]

ESSC 425W - Severe and Unusual Weather 3 hrs
ESSC 428 - Optical Mineralogy 3 hrs
ESSC 430 - Petroleum Geology 3 hrs
ESSC 439 - Economic Geology 3 hrs
ESSC 448 - Hydrogeology 3 hrs
ESSC 450 - Lake and Coastal Processes 3 hrs
ESSC 459 - Aquifer Analysis 3 hrs
ESSC 460 - Contaminant Hydrology 3 hrs
ESSC 470 - Quantitative Methods in Geography and Geology 3 hrs
ESSC 485 - Introduction to Remote Sensing 3 hrs
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