This Certificate Program is designed to benefit students who seek to enhance their skills in geospatial technology, especially Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and satellite remote sensing. Students will be exposed to standard software tools used in the industry (ArcGIS), as well as satellite image data. Students who earn the Certificate will enhance their employment prospects and/or advance their careers in geospatial technology, particularly in job settings that stress the use of satellite remote sensing and vector-based GIS.

The Certificate requires a minimum of 15 credit hours, including 3 core courses and 2 or more electives completed with at least a C- grade in each course. Students may also request to count 1 course (3 credit hours) taken previously at UM or another accredited  college or university within the past 3 years toward the certificate. This course must have been taken for a grade.

Curriculum Requirements

GIS Certificate Program Core Courses
GEG 310Geographic Information Systems I3
GEG 321Remote Sensing of the Environment3
GEG 410Geographic Information Systems II3
GIS Certificate Program Electives
Select a minimum two of the following:6
Spatial Data Analysis I
Topics in Geography
Advanced Topics in Geography
Digital Cartography
Independent Research
Advanced Independent Research
Independent Study
Spatial Data Analysis II
Crime Mapping & Analysis
Internship in Geography 1
Total Credit Hours15

Students are encouraged to find a suitable internship experience with the Career Planning and Placement Center or with the GIS Program Director. Upon approval by the GIS Program Director, 3 credit hours may be earned with an internship (GEG 597).


Note that all courses from the Certificate Program can be double counted toward the major.


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