Feb 23, 2020  
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Geographic Information Science Graduate Certificate

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GISci Certificate Advisor: Peter Anthamatten
Office: North Classroom, 5030-B
Telephone: 303-556-4277
E-mail: peter.anthamatten@ucdenver.edu 

The intention of this certificate is to provide graduate-level students at CU Denver with the mechanisms for demonstrating capabilities in spatial techniques in the social and/or physical sciences. The focus of this certificate is on a broad array of geo-spatial techniques, including geographic information systems, remote sensing, cartography and statistics, which give students additional analytical skills for the workplace or graduate school. This certificate is designed for majors in GES as well as other disciplines.

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 in spatial analytical applications


Spatial techniques are tools with broad application. Consequently, graduate students in any discipline will be admitted into the program. Non-degree seeking students with a prior bachelor’s degree may also be admitted.  Of the four core requirements, only the statistics class has prerequisites, including algebra and introductory calculus.  Because of the technical nature of the GIS and remote sensing course work, however, some mathematical experience is desirable prior to beginning the program.  Students may begin the program in any semester or during the summer by making arrangements with the GIS certificate coordinator, and completing and signing the Application for GISci Certificate .

Course Requirements

To obtain the certificate, students must complete four core courses, one elective, and a 1-credit independent study or applied GIS lab, totaling 16 hours. Although the four core courses may be taken in any order, students without any background in the geo-spatial sciences are advised to begin with GEOG 5080, Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, since this course familiarizes students with many key concepts used in the other classes. The statistics class and GEOG 5080 have prerequisites, including algebra and introductory calculus. Because of the technical nature of the GIS and remote sensing course work, some mathematical experience is desirable prior to beginning the program.

In order to obtain the certificate, students must have a 3.0 GPA in all courses required for the program, and the independent project must demonstrate proficiency in GIS in the student’s area of interest. All core courses are offered on an annual or bi-annual basis. Any alterations to the program MUST be approved by the GISci Coordinator. The certificate will be awarded upon completion of the program.

Prerequisite Course

Note: this course does NOT count as part of the total credits required for the certificate.

Total: 12 Hours

Total: 6 Hours

Certificate Total: 18 Hours

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