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Graduate Certificate

Geographic Information Systems



Geographic Information Systems is an interdisciplinary digital mapping technology with deep roots in the mapping traditions of geography. GIS is rooted in geography by virtue of its primary function in spatial analysis and its dependence on the basic concepts of location, distribution, and spatial interaction. Education in GIS consists of developing multiple levels of technical and analytical skills through database creation and maintenance, the transfer of data into maps and information sources, and the use of modeling to assess, plan, and predict in real-world situations. All levels are covered in UCM’s Graduate Certification Program.

GIS mapping techniques are highly useful in a range of careers and have become the backbone of most public and private sector information and security systems. According to a recent report by the U. S. Department of Labor, geo-technology is one of the highest demand areas in the current job market and will remain a major employment area into the future.  Persons from every discipline with an undergraduate degree could conceivably enroll and benefit from this program, e.g. geography, earth science, biology, forestry, wildlife management, conservation, engineering, surveying, public administration, transportation planning, public history, safety science, fire and police services, emergency management, homeland security, military operations, urban planning, sociology, criminal justice, economics, marketing, agriculture, archeology, land use analysis, and environmental science.


Requirements for Acceptance into the Program


Students may hold an undergraduate degree in any field. There are no course prerequisites in geography or cognate fields, although course work in map interpretation, cartography, and data management would facilitate GIS skills development. Graduate Record Exam scores are not required by the department. The student must be accepted and admitted by the Graduate School; he/she must also submit a separate application with undergraduate transcripts directly to the department.

This program must be completed within four years and students must maintain a 3.0 GPA.


Certificate Requirements


GEOG 4210 Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation 3
GEOG 4220 Geographic Information Systems I (GIS I) 3
GEOG 4221 Geographic Information Systems II (GIS II) 3
GEOG 5210 Problems in Geography* 3
GEOG 5221 Applications of GIS 3


Total: 15 credit hours

*Certification students may substitute a similar graduate course in another discipline for GEOG 5210 Problems in
Geography with the consent of the Geography Program Coordinator.

These are approved graduate level courses and are intended to educate a student in theoretical and applied aspects of GIS. The cluster includes four skills courses, as well as a literature-based course on geo-spatial techniques and geo-informatics (Problems in Geography). The full range of GIS capabilities will be covered, including data collection, satellite image processing and interpretations, analysis, modeling, graphic representation, and geovisualization.

This program includes a series of tutorials, lab exercises, textbook, and ancillary reading assignments, writing assignments, and a capstone project with real-world applications.

Questions Regarding the Program


Dr. Keshav Bhattarai

Program Coordinator


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