Geographic Information Systems

The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) certificate program will enhance your skills for careers utilizing the latest technology for creating and analyzing geographic and spatial information. GIS, a spatial data management and display system, continues to be a growth area related to many disciplines including conservation, environmental planning, biology, botany, forestry, geology, geography, civil engineering, history, business and criminal justice.

This five-course (16 credit) certificate program prepares you to use tools to store, analyze, integrate and display spatial and database information. While the GIS certificate program is experiential and practical, students also learn about the science underlying the geographic concepts and technology as well as the computer-based applications that enable them to create interactive queries, edit data, and analyze and display spatial information.

All GIS classes are taught by PSU faculty and courses may be applied to bachelor’s degree programs. The GIS certificate program is open to both degree-seeking undergraduates and continuing education students.

The GIS certificate is comprised of the following courses (click on link for course descriptions):

One of the following:

Total Credits: 16

An application and a $25 application fee is required. A minimum of high school graduation or satisfactory completion of a high school equivalency certificate (GED) is required for admission.

A minimum of a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in the certificate courses is required for successful completion of the certificate. Students are advised by the Division of Online and Continuing Studies in collaboration with faculty in the Social Science Department.

Certificates of Completion are issued by the Division of Online and Continuing Studies (DOCS).  Transcripts with completion statements are issued by the Registrar’s Office.