Program Description

This Graduate Certificate program will provide training for students to gain knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to employ Geospatial Information Science and Technology (GIST) in their field of expertise. GIST is a collective term used to describe geographic information systems, remote sensing, global positioning, internet mapping, and other approaches for collecting, managing, analyzing, and visualizing data with spatial attributes. The program combines training in core GIST concepts, spatial reasoning, and exposure to how GIST is being applied in different disciplines. Students will become experienced using the leading industry system ESRI’s ArcGIS, as well as other proprietary and open source systems such as ENVI and QGIS. This program is appropriate for students from many disciplines, and is especially relevant to students from geology, environmental science, social science, intelligence and national security studies, and civil engineering.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the program requires admission to the graduate school. There are no prerequisite courses, although knowledge of some programming, statistics, and/or mathematics is helpful.

Degree Plan 

Credit hours: 15

Required courses
GEOL 5321Introduction to GIST3
GEOL 5322Advanced GIST3
Electives
Please select nine hours from:9
Spat Analysis Earth/Env Sci
Geocomputation
Select Adv Topics Biol Science
Geospatial Intelligence
Computer Appl in Earth Sci
Directed Study in Geology
Total Hours15