Graduate GIS Archaeology Certificate

The Graduate Geographic Information Science in Archaeology Certificate is a 24 credit hour online program geared to the fields of archaeology and anthropology including a GIS internship experience. Upon completion, students are eligible to apply for entry level positions in the geosciences requiring knowledge of Geographic Information Systems. Novice and professionals who currently hold a Bachelor's degree and seeking part-time education from a distance are encouraged to apply.

Program Description

This program is designed for students with at least a Bachelor's degree who wish to enter the field of GIS, become more competitive within it, or to apply knowledge to research and graduate study involving spatial analysis. The program provides a solid background in the fundamentals of geography and geospatial science that extends beyond the software. A total of 7 courses including a required internship have been carefully combined to reflect real-world workforce requirements. With this knowledge, expect to better understand what’s happening behind the scenes in the software and become more efficient at work. Students completing this program can expect to be marketable as GIS Technicians, GIS Analysts, and GIS Managers within the fields of archaeology and anthropology and other industries including:

  • geography
  • urban planning
  • environmental sciences
  • business
  • information technology services
  • public health/safety

Department Contact

Amber Bloechle

 Phone: (850) 857-6022 

GIS Internship: Students enrolled in the Certificate (GIS) program are required to complete a one semester Internship experience, under the direct guidance of a qualified mentor and under the supervision of the GIS 5945 Internship course instructor. Students currently employed in a GIS position may elect to use their current position for internship experience.  A Directed Study course option is available for students who wish to complete a guided project in lieu of an internship.

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What Makes UWF's Online Certificate in GIS Different?


UWF was the first online GIS program to employ remote desktop technology to give students full access to GIS software from any computer, at any time, eliminating the need to obtain, install and maintain bulky GIS software on your personal computer.

High Quality

UWF has been providing a mix of hands-on software training with conceptual instruction  from highly qualified GIS professionals since 2006. Experience up-to-date, quality online GIS course content taught by qualified instructors from an accredited University. Learn more about the quality of our courses at the Quality Matters Program.


Our program is designed for working professionals. With 1yr and 2yr program options, a flexible course schedule provides greater flexibility for completing your certificate at your preferred pace.


We offer courses at a lower per-credit-hour rate than other institutions. No matter location, the price per credit hour does not change.

Class Environment

Courses are instructor-led through UWF's eLearning course site where you can expect to complete weekly assignments using your personal computer or tablet to access recorded lectures and virtualized GIS software. Remote access to software eliminates the need to install resource intensive GIS, Design, and Remote Sensing software on your own computer. Students are asked to complete hands-on GIS lab assignments and share weekly project deliverables via as a way to self-market skills and to help build a sense of community among peers.  Weekly concept lessons include online quizzes that provide immediate feedback and some graded discussion assignments involving relevant peer-reviewed journal articles and white papers. Communicate with instructors and classmates at your convenience via online discussion boards, email, and attend regularly‌ scheduled virtual office hour sessions.‌ Our students are free to work at times and places that best suit their busy schedules.

Student Spotlight

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Finding Maya Pyramids by Bradley Husemann, UWF Graduate GIS Certificate Program

A Special Topics in GIS for Archeology assignment required students to use Landsat imagery to look for undiscovered Mayan pyramids. These pyramids are usually created out of limestone rubble, and affect the vegetation that grows directly on top of them. Bradley was able to create a training sample using known pyramid sites, and see how that the spectral qualities of that sample matched up with other areas of the jungle.


Faculty Spotlight

Scott Palumbo
Scott Palumbo, UWF Instructor of online GIS Archaeology Certificate Program courses.

Archaeology has allowed me to pursue what would ordinarily be my outside-of-work interests, which are travel, hiking and camping. I love visiting amazing places, collaborating with interesting people and pursuing fascinating research questions. My research deals with understanding how political organization developed, persisted and waned over time.  Archaeology is a team effort, and I encourage interested students to contact me for more details regarding fieldwork opportunities.


Admissions Requirements

In addition to the University admission requirements, the department bases decisions for regular admission on a holistic review of credentials in which the criteria listed below are used to assess the potential success of each applicant.

University Requirements

  • Submission of Graduate UWF Non-degree seeking student application (Free of charge)

Departmental Requirements

  • Submission of GIS Certificate Program Application (Free of charge)
  • Submission of letter of intent describing relevant experience and reasons for pursuing the certificate program, including how the certificate relates to career goals
  • Submission of unofficial transcripts including proof of Bachelor's degree award and for any relevant GIS course work, up to 6 credit hours will be considered for UWF credit


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