GIS Certificate

The Geographic Information Science Certificate is designed for both novice students looking to begin a career in GIS and professionals looking to increase knowledge and marketability. Students will become technically proficient in a variety of geospatial technologies through hands–on instruction. The program addresses the growing need for GIS technicians, analysts, and managers. Begin your journey with a GIS Certificate today!


Program Overview:

This stand alone, one year program is offered at the undergraduate and graduate level with traditional and archaeology track options. As a 100% online program, students "go to class" on their own time to view lectures and complete weekly assignments. Students who complete 7 courses (24 credit hours) with a 3.0 GPA earn a Certificate of Geographic Information Science. This program is intended for working professionals (vs. traditional, full-time students) or those who prefer to study part-time and at a distance.

Benefits

Network with classmates across the globe.

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Request access to ESRI virtual campus courses for FREE.

Access industry software from ESRI and ERDAS for FREE.

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Obtain Educational points for your GISP Application

Get help with your resume, portfolios, and internships.

Attend GIS conferences with student status

 

Be the first to know about internship and job opportunities

Access UWF  student resources.

Connect with Online GIS Program alumni.

 

Eligibility

  • Students should be fairly knowledgeable about computers and how to navigate the internet. We will jump right in to GIS software and will not have time to teach  basic computer skills. Students who are comfortable navigating the internet, exploring new software programs and troubleshooting will do well in this program.
  • Our program utilizes e-Desktop for GIS to provide virtual software access to students 24/7. ArcGIS for Desktop Advanced 10.1, ERDAS Imagine 2010, and Corel Draw are primary GIS related software utilized to complete course assignments.
  • In order to participate, students must have consistent access to a computer or laptop with at least broadband/high speed internet access. Conduct a speed test to see if your internet connection is strong enough - http://speedtest.its.uwf.edu/
  • A computer or laptop capable of running the latest version of ArcGIS 10.x student version software is recommended. ArcGIS Desktop 10.x System Requirements.
  • Although there are no requirements associated with English proficiency for this program, all course materials are presented in the English language. Furthermore, GIS students are required to complete course assignments in English.

 View complete admission requirements on our How to Apply page.

Tuition

 Undergraduate CertificateGraduate Certificate
Credit Hours 24 at undergraduate level

24 total credit hours

12 at undergraduate level and 12 at graduate level

Tuition Rate $330.00 per credit hour

$330.00 per credit hour (12 credits)

$630.00 per credit hour (12 credits)

Total Cost $7,920.00 $11,520.00

*Tuition rates are current through 2015.

Learning Environment

  • Students "go to class" on their own time to view lectures and complete weekly assignments through UWF eLearning. Familiarize yourself with our online learning portal before applying to the program.
  • All of our courses are instructor led with various means of communication and interaction.
  • Students are expected to spend approximately 8-15 hours per week on course materials and assignments.
  • Former students have reported spending as many as 20 hours per week on assignments.

Course Schedule

 Traditional Track

Spring SemesterSummer SemesterFall Semester

GIS 3015/L

Cartographic Skills

GIS 4048/5100

Applications in GIS

GIS 4035/L

Remote Sensing + Photo Interpretation

GIS 4043/L

Introduction to GIS

GIS 4102/5103

GIS Programming

GIS 4930/5935

Special Topics in GIS

   

GIS 4944/5945

GIS Internship*

 Archaeology Track

Spring SemesterSummer SemesterFall Semester

GIS 3015/L

Cartographic Skills‌

GIS 4990/5265

Archaeology Applications in GIS

GIS 4035/L

Remote Sensing + Photo Interpretation

GIS 4043/L

Introduction to GIS

GIS 4102/5103

GIS Programming

GIS 4999/5990

Archaeological Topics in GIS

   

GIS 4944/5945

GIS Internship*

*GIS Internship is also offered in the Spring semester
(4XXX/5XXX) are offered as dual listed courses at the undergraduate/graduate level.
Extended course plans are available on a case-by-case basis.

Are you having problems deciding which level is right for you? Here is a Level comparison that may help.‌‌

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