Certificate in Geographic Information Science

The GIS certificate program is designed to teach students, from novice to working professionals, both the highly in-demand technical skill of using industry-standard geospatial software as well as a strong conceptual foundation in Geographic Information Science necessary for advanced analyst and manager roles.


Program Description

Geographic Information Systems is a computerized system that allows users to work with, interrelate, and analyze virtually all forms of spatial data for decision making. The program represents the latest technologies that are revolutionizing many disciplines, including geography, environmental sciences, archaeology, business, defense and intelligence, and public health/safety in the information age. Required courses and GIS internship have been carefully combined to reflect the real-world requirements needed for careers in the geospatial sciences. Curriculum is available on this page or the Online Course Catalog.

Please note that information found on this page does not apply to the Online GIS Certificate Program. For information on the online program see the program web page or contact Program Coordinator Amber Bloechle at gisonline@uwf.edu.



Undergraduate Option

Entrance Requirements

  • Submission of an Application for Admittance.
  • Admission to UWF as a degree or non-degree seeking student.
  • UWF undergraduate majors must complete the following courses with a C- or above:

MAC1105 College Algebra (3)
STA2023 Elements of Statistics (3)
CGS2570 Personal Computer Applications

Students who have equivalent background but did not take the above courses formally may be admitted into the program upon demonstrating equivalent proficiency. Students must also receive formal approval from the proposed GIS Certificate Program committee.

Core Courses (24 Upper-Level Hours)

Content
GIS3015/L Cartographic Skills/Lab (4)
GIS4035 Photo Interpretation & Remote Sensing/Lab (4)
GIS4043/L Geographic Information Systems/Lab (4)
GIS4048 Applications in GIS (3)
GIS4102 GIS Programming (3)
GIS4930 Special Topics in GIS (3)

Plus Choose from the following (3 hrs total required):
GIS4905 Directed Study (1-3)
GIS4944 GIS Internship(1-3)

During their final semester students should complete an Application for Completion and submit it to the Dept of Environmental Studies. Students who successfully complete the all program requirements and prerequisites with a 3.0 overall GPA will be awarded a certificate in Geographic Information Science.

If you have any further inquiries about the certificate curriculum contact program advisor Dr. Zhiyong Hu.

For information about GIS software, facilities or services see the GeoData Center page or contact Nathan McKinney.


Graduate Option

Entrance Requirements

  • Submission of an Application for Admittance.
  • Admission to UWF as a graduate degree or non-degree seeking student.
  • Proof of earned undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited intitution.

Course Requirements (12 Upper-Level & 12 Graduate Hours)

Prerequisites (12 hrs):
GIS4043/L Geographic Information Systems/Lab or equivalent (4)
GIS4035 Photo Interpretation & Remote Sensing/Lab or equivalent (4)
GIS3015/L Cartographic Skills/Lab or equivalent (4)

Required
GIS5103 GIS Programming (3)

Choose 1:
GIS5939 Applications in Remote Sensing (3)
GIS5100 Applications in Geographic Information Systems (3)

Choose 1:
GIS5935 Special Topics in GIS (3)
GIS6110 Advanced Topics in GIS (3)

Choose from the following (3 hrs total required):
GIS5945 Directed Study (1-3)
GIS6905 GIS Internship (1-3)

During their final semester students should complete an Application for Completion and submit it to the Dept of Environmental Studies. Students who successfully complete the all program requirements and prerequisites with a 3.0 overall GPA will be awarded a Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science.

If you have any further inquiries contact program advisor Dr. Zhiyong Hu.

For information about GIS software, facilities or services see the GeoData Center page or contact Nathan McKinney.