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General requirements:

Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA in courses taken in the certificate program. A student pursuing the certificate can take no longer than 7 years to pursue the certificate unless a leave of absence or other extenuating circumstances are present.

Course requirements:

To complete the certificate, 14 credit hours must be completed within 7 academic years. Among them 8 credit hours are from two required core GIS courses and additional 6 credit hours are from electives. Only one course outside of the department can be included in these 14 credit hours.

Courses may be waived in consultation with the Director if the student can demonstrate satisfactory completion of similar coursework. If transfer courses are to be used to meet program requirements, the student must furnish the program director with a certified university transcript and, in some instances, a copy of the class syllabus.  A maximum of 6 transfer credit hours may be used to meet program requirements.

Core Geographic Information Systems Courses (16) 8
GEOG 358 Principles of Geographic Information Systems 4
GEOG 558 Intermediate Geographical Information Systems 4
Elective courses (6) 6
Geographic Information Systems  
Topics in Techniques: _____  
Spatial Databases  
Location Modeling  
Topics in Geographic Information Science: _____  
Geographic Information Science  
Programming  
Computer Programming for Mapping and Spatial Analysis  
GIS Application Programming  
Cartography  
Introductory Cartography and Geovisualization  
Intermediate Cartography: _____  
Visualizing Spatial Data  
Data Handling and Map Symbolization  
Information Design  
Advanced Cartography: _____  
Statistics  
Methods of Analyzing Geographical Data  
Applied Multivariate Analysis in Geography  
Advanced Geostatistics  
Remote Sensing  
Remote Sensing of Environment I  
Remote Sensing of Environment II  
Remote Sensing  
Geographic Information Systems focused internship or independent study  
Geographic Internship  
Special Topics in Geography: _____  
Geographic Information Systems application courses from other departments (EEB, Geology, Urban Planning, SPAA, EVRN, Business, and Engineering)

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