Graduate Geographic Information Science Certificate

The Graduate Geographic Information Science Certificate is a 24 credit hour interdisciplinary program including a GIS internship experience. Students who successfully earn a GIS certificate are eligible to apply for upper level positions in the geosciences requiring knowledge of Geographic Information Systems or geospatial analysis. The program is geared to degree seeking students who would like to apply GIS to their chosen discipline.


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 in several industries including:

  • geography,
  • environmental sciences,
  • archaeology,
  • business,
  • information technology services,
  • defense and intelligence, and
  • public health/safety.

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Department Contact

Dr. Jason Ortegren
Associate Professor & Graduate Program Coordinator

 Phone: (850) 474-2491 
 Email: jortegren@uwf.edu 

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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Admission Requirements

  • Discuss your intentions with your advisor.
  • Complete a Declaration of Certificate form.
  • Admission to UWF as a degree-seeking student.

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.

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

Class Environment

Courses are instructor-led at UWF's GeoData Center GIS Lab where you can expect to attend lecture and lab course sections. Students are asked to complete hands-on GIS lab assignments using one of our 32 workstations in the GIS lab.  Weekly concept lessons include online quizzes that provide immediate feedback or in-class exams, and some graded discussion assignments involving relevant peer-reviewed journal articles and white papers. Communicate with instructors and classmates in the lab and visit instructors outside of class during regularly scheduled office hours.‌ Our students are free to work in the GeoData Center's GIS lab in Building 13 during the posted open lab hours. 


Student Spotlight

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Dot Density map using Adobe Illustrator by Melissa Thrush, Undergraduate GIS Certificate


Melissa Thrush does an excellent job of conveying the population information in her Population Density of South Florida map, a GIS 3015 Cartographic Skills lab assignment. The inset map and legend provide clear communication. The addition of data sources and year at the bottom show an in depth understanding of not just the basic map elements, but of all the essential parts. 

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Faculty Spotlight

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Dr. Zhiyong Hu, an Associate Professor, specializes in geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, spatial analysis and modeling in urban areas, environmental studies and environmental health.

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