Overview

The Certificate Program in Geospatial Technology (GT) is designed to benefit students who seek to enhance their skills in geospatial technology, especially Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and satellite remote sensing. The Certificate requires a minimum of 15 credit hours, including three core courses and two or more electives. Students may receive credit toward the Certificate for past coursework completed at UM or other accredited schools.  All fifteen credits may be double counted toward the M.A. degree, making it possible for a student to complete both the M.A. and the Certificate in two years. 

*This program is not eligible for federal or state financial aid. Contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance and Employment for further assistance.

Curriculum Requirements

GIS Certificate Program Core Courses
GEG 691Geographic Information Systems I3
GEG 692Remote Sensing of the Environment3
GEG 693Geographic Information Systems II3
GIS Certificate Program Electives
Select 6 credit hours from the following:6
Advanced Independent Study in Geography I
Internship in Geography
Advanced Independent Study in Geography II
Spatial Data Analysis I
Spatial Data Analysis II
Digital Cartography
Web GIS
Other approved electives
Total Credit Hours15

Mission

This graduate certificate program is designed for students who seek to enhance their skills in geospatial technology, especially Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and satellite remote sensing. Students will learn to work with geospatial datasets using industry-standard software including ArcGIS, ERDAS IMAGINE, TerrSet, and SPSS.

Goals

Graduates of the program will improve 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.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate skills in the interpretation of geospatial datasets, statistical datasets and remotely sensed imagery, and in the preparation of those datasets for analysis and creation of maps and other products. Students will also demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and applications of geospatial technology, and apply them appropriately to the practice of mapping and digital cartography.