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Geographic Information Systems, Certificate in (Post-baccalaureate graduate certificate)


This GIS certificate program can be completed in one academic year. To receive the GIS Certificate, students must complete 12 graduate credits of GIS course work that includes two required and two elective courses with a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher (out of 4.0). The following schedule is suggested as a means of completing the certificate program:

Fall semester (6 credits)
URSP 621 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (required)
Plus one elective from the cluster below
Spring semester (6 credits)
URSP 625 Spatial Database Management and GIS Modeling (required)
Plus one elective from the cluster below
Electives cluster:
URSP 622 Community Socioeconomic Analysis Using GIS
URSP 627 GIS Applications in Urban Design
Other GIS-related courses approved by the certificate program coordinator.

All credits earned in the GIS certificate program are transferable to the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program, the Master of Public Administration program, or the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program. Also, students may use courses from the GIS certificate to simultaneously satisfy requirements in any graduate degree at the university with the respective department’s approval, including the Master of Science in Criminal Justice, the Master of Public Administration, or the Master of Urban and Regional Planning programs. However, students must apply to the certificate and graduate degree programs separately.


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