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The Department of Geography and Atmospheric Science offers both undergraduate and graduate certificates in Geographic Information Science. These certificates are designed to provide students in a variety of fields with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the expanding field of GIScience or to apply GIScience concepts to their own fields of study. 

Those studying biology, engineering, economics, urban planning, landscape architecture, sociology, business, and more benefit from applying GIS and related technologies to their work. Related technologies include GPS, remote sensing, spatial statistics, computer programming. With these skills they can input, analyze, model, and display (map) location-based data. 


  • 14 credit hours, completed within 7 years
  • Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA in the courses
  • 8 of the 14 credit hours must be from two required core GIS courses
  • Remaining 6 hours are chosen from electives
  • Only one course outside of the department can be included
  • Maximum hours of transfer credit are 6
  • Learn more about the Undergraduate GIS Certificate and application process



  • 12 credit hours are required to earn the certificate, completed within 4 years
  • Core courses may be waived and replaced with approved electives in cases where students have completed the same course for undergraduate credit.
  • Current KU graduate students must speak with their academic advisor before entering the program
  • Learn more about the Graduate GIS Certificate and application process


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