Geographic Information Science
The Geographic Information Science Certificate Program is designed to prepare undergraduates with the basic training necessary to enter the rapidly expanding field of geographic information science (GIS).
Contact Person: Dr. Mu Lan firstname.lastname@example.org (706) 542-1058
There are three components to the curriculum: a set of prerequisite courses to gain entry to the program, a set of core courses required of all students enrolled in the certificate program, and a set of elective courses that permit exploration of more advanced themes in GIS and/or development of individual research projects or internships in GIS.
Prerequisite preparation in four general areas is considered essential background for participation in the Geographic Information Science Certificate Program. [A grade of 'C' or better is required in these courses.]
- Competence in mathematics through elementary calculus: MATH 2200-2200L, or equivalent.
- Competence in elementary computer programming: CSCI 1301-1301L, ENGR 1140, or equivalent.
- Competence in elementary statistics: GEOG 2300, STAT 2000, or equivalent.
- Competence in cartography (mapping): GEOG 3510-3510L, or equivalent.
When you meet the prerequisite requirements, please fill out the application form and send it to the program contact person. You will receive a decision notification soon.
Application Form PDF
Core Courses (9 Hours)
Three core courses form the essential background for understanding the structure and conceptual framework of geographic information science. It is not necessary to take these courses in sequence. (The semester(s) the course is offered is shown in parenthesis.)
- GEOG 4370-4370L Geographic Information Science (F,S,Su)
- GEOG 4330-4330L Aerial Photographs and Image Interpretation (F)
- GEOG 4410-4410L Cartographic Visualization Methods (F)
Elective Courses (Choose Two - 6-7 hours)
In addition to the core courses, students enrolled in the GIS certificate program will take an additional 6-7 hours of elective courses, selected from among the following options:
Two courses from 1-6
- GEOG 4350-4350L Remote Sensing of Environment (S)
- GEOG 4380-4380L Transportation Modeling and GIS (F)
- GEOG 4430-4430L Advanced Image Analysis and Photogrammetry (S)
- GEOG 4470-4470L Geospatial Analysis (S)
- GEOG 4570-4570L Advanced GIScience (F)
- GEOG 4590-4590L Programming for GIScience (S)
OR One of 1-6 and one of the following:
- GEOG 3990 Internship in Geography (GIS focus) (F,S,Su)
- GEOG 4920 Special Problems in Area Analysis (F,S,Su)
- ENGR 4920 Engineering Design Project
In order to ensure that certificate recipients display a strong command of geographic information science, the certificate is granted only to those students who achieve a 3.0 GPA in the five core and elective courses that constitute the Geographic Information Science Certificate Program. The GPA for certificate purposes will be computed in accordance with UGA policy. Repeated courses will be averaged to determine the final GPA.
The GIS certificate will be awarded only in conjunction with completion of baccalaureate requirements in one of the academic units at UGA. Post-baccalaureate students returning to acquire the certificate must repeat any required or elective courses which were completed more than five years prior to the award date of the certificate.
For more information
GIScience, spatial analysis and modeling, GIS for health and the environment, computational geometry, cartography and geovisualization.