Susan Kirkpatrick Smith, Department Chair
Department of Geography and Anthropology
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Geographic Information Sciences is a multidisciplinary certificate that considers fundamental questions related to the use of geographic information systems (GIS). GIS is computer-based mapping technologies that visualizes, edits, manipulates and analyzes spatial data and imagery for decision makers. GIS is an essential tool in understanding what is where, and is used in urban and regional design, marketing and industrial location, transportation, precision agriculture, forestry, environmental systems, engineering, emergency services, epidemiology, crime analysis, and utilities, among others. The Certificate can be completed in-class or online.
Students must earn a “B” or higher cumulative grade in all the required courses, with a “C” or higher grade in each course.
Applications for admission to the program are available in the Department of Geography and Anthropology.