Department of Geography and Anthropology

Programs / Certificate in Geographic Information Science

A Certificate in Geographic Information Science

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.

Program Requirements

Required Courses - 9 Credit Hours

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • Introduction to Cartographic Processes
    3
  • Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
    3
  • Advanced Geographic Information Systems
    3

Choose one from the following - 3 Credit Hours

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • Introduction to Remote Sensing
    3
  • Advanced Topics in Geospatial Science
    3

Required Capstone Course - 3 Credit Hours

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • Practicum in Geographic Information Systems
    3

Program Total (15 Credit Hours)


Important Information about Minors

When you declare a formal minor, it is not automatically displayed on your transcript. In order for your Minor to appear on your transcript, you must fill out a special "Minor Form" with the registrar when you petition to graduate.

  • Nine (9) hours of a minor must be non-duplicative with course requirements in the major.
  • A minimum of six (6) hours in the minor must be taken in residence at Kennesaw State University.