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Geographic Information Sciences

What is Geographic Information Science?
This program offers specialized training in applied and theoretical geospatial techniques, including geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, and cartography. The program is designed to provide experience in quantitative spatial analysis through the use of geographic information systems, working with remotely sensed imagery and field-derived data, and effective communication through maps. The certificate serves as a supplement to standard degree programs. It provides essential training for those seeking careers in the geospatial technologies in both the public and private sector.

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For advisor contact information and current semester advising hours please refer to the Geography department advising page

Affiliated Tenure/Tenure-Track Faculty
Drs. Suzanne Wechsler, Christopher Lee, Christine Rodrigue, Hyowon Ban, Linna Li

Certificate in Geographic Information Sciences (Requirements)

  • a bachelor’s degree, which may be earned concurrently;
  • consultation wiht the certificate advisor in the Geography Department;
  • satisfactory completion of prerequisites: GEOG 200, 280 and 380;
  • a minimum of 23 UNITS distributed as follows:
    • CORE REQUIREMENTS (3 courses): GEOG 400, 473, 485/585
    • SPECIALIZATION (3 courses, students are encouraged to select a specialization in one of there areas, although courses can be selected between categories with Advisor approval:
      • Geographic Information Systems: GEOG 487A/587B; GEOG 487B/587B; 488/588
      • Remote Sensing: GEOG 474, GEOG 475/575
      • Cartography/Geovisualization: GEOG 482, GEOG 484
    • ADDITIONAL COURSES (with GSci Cert. Advisor Consent): GEOG 446, GEOG 471 (for non-geography major), GEOG 481, GEOG 492, GEOG 494, GEOG 497, GEOG 697, GEOG 680

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