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2009-2010 Downtown Campus Catalog 
2009-2010 Downtown Campus Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Geographic Information Science Undergraduate Certificate

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The intention of this certificate is to provide undergraduates with a mechanism for demonstrating capabilities in spatial techniques in the social and/or physical sciences. The focus of this certificate is on a broad array of geotechniques, including geographic information systems, remote sensing, cartography and statistics, which give students additional analytical skills to take into the workplace or on to graduate school. This certificate is designed for geography majors as well as nonmajors.

Upon successful completion of the certificate, students will be able to:

  • understand basic theoretical underpinnings of spatial analysis
  • apply geo-spatial technologies to real-world problems
  • have a basic knowledge of how to operate at least three types of software used for spatial analysis


To obtain the certificate, students must complete four core courses, one elective, and a 1-hour independent study, totaling 16 hours. Although the four core courses may be taken in any order, it is advisable to begin with GEOG 3080, Introduction to Mapping and Map Analysis, since this course familiarizes students with many key concepts used in the other classes. All core courses are offered on a yearly basis. See department Web site for details (


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