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Certificate in Geographic Information Science

During the last two decades, rapid growth has occurred in the field of geographic information. Stimulated by advances in technology, both in the collection, storage and analysis of data, a new discipline has emerged: geographic information science. Geographic information science involves research both on and with spatial technologies, including geographic information systems, remote sensing, and the global positioning system. At the core of geographic information science is the integration of these technologies and their application to problems of spatial analysis. The fundamental theory and foundational principles of geographic information science are based in geography. However, virtually all fields (engineering, medicine, science, management, business, social sciences, and humanities) are now embracing the techniques in both theoretical and applied research problems.

Admission to the Certificate program in Geographic Information Science (GEOG) requires the following:

  • completion of 55 credit hours towards an IUPUI degree or of transferrable work,
  • a cumulative 2.5 GPA,
  • successful completion of MATH-M 118: Finite Mathematics or above

Students who have not enrolled at IUPUI may be considered for this certificate if they meet the above criteria and apply for Undergraduate Admission to IUPUI and specify the Undergraduate Geographic Information Science Certificate as their objective.  Students who have already completed an undergraduate degree can apply for the undergraduate certificate or apply to the IU Graduate School for admission to the graduate certificate program (see the department for course details).

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The Certificate program in Geographic Information Science (GEOG) requires satisfactory completion of the following:

Certificate Requirements:

Required courses (15 credits):

  • GEOG-G 336: Introduction to Remote Sensing (3 cr.)
  • GEOG-G 337: Computer Cartography and Graphics (3 cr.)
  • GEOG-G 338: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3 cr.)
  • GEOG-G 436: Advanced Remote Sensing: Digital Image Processing (3 cr.)
  • GEOG-G 438: Advanced Geographic Information Systems (3 cr.)

Electives in Geographic Information Science (GIS) or complementary field (6 credits):

In addition to the required courses listed above, students must take six credit hours of electives at the 300 level or above that will enhance their background in GIS-related issues or apply their expertise to a specific area. Such areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Computer Aided Design
  • Surveying
  • Computer Science and Technology
  • Graphics and Visualization
  • Applications of GIS

Contact an advisor to discuss course options.