Geographic Information Science (Certificate)

The undergraduate geographic information science certificate program is open to all students at ASU and is built on GIS course work taught at the university. Students who earn the certificate are prepared to begin a career in the world of GIS.  

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Please note that any candidate to the certificate program must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student in any college at ASU.

The certificate is awarded to students completing at least 23 credit hours with a grade of "C" (2.00) or higher. At least 12 of the 23 credit hours must be upper-division courses.

Required courses: (17 credit hours)

CSE 100 Principles of Programming with C++, CS (3) or CSE 110 Principles of Programming, CS (3)
GIS 205 Geographic Information Technologies, CS (3)
GIS 211 Geographic Information Science I, CS (4)
GIS 311 Geographic Information Science II, CS (4)
GIS 470 Statistics for Geographers, CS (3)

Electives: (6 credit hours)

Choose one from the following:
GCU 361 Urban Geography, SB (3)
GCU 441 Economic Geography, SB (3)
GCU 442 Geographical Analysis of Transportation, SB (3)
GCU 474 Public Land Policy, SB (3)
GCU 484 Internship (3-6)
GIS 484 Internship (3-6)
GPH 484 Internship (3-6)
PUP 484 Internship (3-6)

And one from the following:
GIS 341 Introduction to Cartography and Georepresentation, CS (3)
GIS 351 Air Photo Interpretation (3)
GIS 441 Geographics: Interactive and Animated Cartography and Geovisualization, CS (3)
GIS 471 Geographic Information Analysis (3)

Career Opportunities

The GIS Certificate complements other degrees, preparing graduates to be skilled users of GIS, able to apply their skillsto careers in the area of their major.  Students in many areas gain a career advantage with the GIS certificate:  Geography, urban planning, life science, geology, anthropology and more.

For more information about the certificate, also see its academic program web page.

Georgaphic information science takes computer science to a new level, specializing in technology that puts companies like Google on the forefront of innovation and navigating the globe. Our GIS undergraduate certificate program pairs the practical skill of computer science with conceptual knowledge of geographical problem solving and spatial thinking.

Degree Offered

Geographic Information Science (Certificate)
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