Graduate School Policies and Procedures apply to this program.
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GISci Certificate Advisor: Matt Cross
The Geographic Information Science (GISci) Certificate in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences is designed to provide CU Denver undergraduates and graduates, as well as non-degree seeking students interested in professional development, with proficiency in the application of spatial thinking, geographic information science, and geo-technologies in the social and physical sciences, spanning the natural, built and human environments and emphasizing human-environment interconnections. The GISci Certificate core establishes a broad foundation in spatial technologies and methodologies, including geographic information systems, remote sensing, cartography, spatial extensions to database management systems, and statistics. From this base, students can delve into various specialization areas depending on their interests.
Upon successful completion of the certificate, students will be able to:
- articulate and apply basic theoretical underpinnings of spatial analytical principles, methodologies, and techniques;
- effectively utilize at least three different types of software used for spatial analysis;
- apply geo-spatial thinking, geographic information science, and geo-technologies appropriately; and
- analyze diverse real-world problems that have a spatial dimension and develop alternative solutions to them.
Geographic information science and geo-technologies have broad applications across many disciplines Students who already hold a bachelor's degree from CU Denver or other institutions in any major may be admitted as a CU Denver graduate student or a non-degree-seeking student, depending on enrollment status.
You must complete the Application for GISci Certificate, which can be obtained from the GISci Certificate Coordinator. The application requires copies of former transcripts indicating that an undergraduate degree has been previously granted or an unofficial transcript from CU Denver showing that you are a current undergraduate or graduate student. This application is required to be formally registered in the GISci Certificate program, and must be completed no later than the semester prior to the scheduled completion of the certificate.
Current CU Denver Students
A student may begin the program in any semester or during the summer by making arrangements with the GISci Certificate Coordinator. This should be done as soon as you have decided to pursue the certificate, and no later than the semester previous to completion of all the courses required to obtain the certificate.
Former CU Denver Students or Graduates of Other Universities
In order to start the certificate program, you will need to apply to the university as a non-degree seeking student if you are not already enrolled in a graduate program within CU Denver. Once accepted, you will be able to enroll in all of the appropriate classes.
Specific questions about enrollment or tuition should be addressed directly to the University Registrar's Office or Bursar's Office.
To earn the certificate, students must complete a specific set of geospatial classes. Because a certificate is a CU Denver certification of a students' specialized knowledge in an advanced subject matter, all courses in a certificate program are expected to be taken in residency at CU Denver. Only in rare circumstances will exceptions be made regarding this policy. Courses taken within the GISci Certificate Program may be used towards one other degree requirement. Any changes to the standard curriculum program must be approved in writing by the GISci Certificate Coordinator. Please pay close attention to prerequisites for specific courses.
Students must earn a 3.0 GPA average with no course below a "B-" in all approved courses for the certificate. For graduate and non-degree seeking students, the certificate will be awarded upon completion of the program and be added to the student's transcript.
These program requirements are subject to periodic revision by the academic department, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences reserves the right to make exceptions and substitutions as judged necessary in individual cases. Therefore, the College strongly urges students to consult regularly with their program advisor and CLAS advisor to confirm the best plans of study before finalizing them.
- Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours.
- Students must complete a minimum of 18 graduate (5000-level) or higher credit hours.
- Students must earn a minimum grade of B- (2.7) in all certificate courses taken at CU Denver and must achieve a minimum cumulative certificate GPA of 3.0. All graded attempts in required and elective courses are calculated in the certificate GPA. Students cannot complete certificate or ancillary course requirements as pass/fail.
- Students must complete all coursework with CU Denver faculty.
Program Restrictions, Allowances and Recommendations
- It is assumed that graduate students have some prior knowledge in basic mapping skills, therefore GEOG 2080 Introduction to Mapping and Map Analysis is not required. All core classes are required for completion of the GIS Certificate and are offered at least on a yearly basis. The statistics course requirement can be filled by enrolling in the GEOG 5050 Applied Spatial Statistics or one of several graduate level (5000 or above) classes offered by CU Denver and approved by the certificate coordinator.
- If you are currently a graduate student at CU Denver and also attended CU Denver as an undergraduate, you may apply only one 3 credit hour undergraduate course (4000 level) to the GISci Certificate.
- There is a prerequisite requirement of a basic statistics class taken at the undergraduate college level prior to taking any graduate level statistics class at CU Denver. Any additional two electives can be taken from the elective list.
Required Core Courses
|Take the following||12|
|GEOG 5050||Applied Spatial Statistics||3|
|GEOG 5060||Remote Sensing I: Introduction to Environmental Remote Sensing||3|
|GEOG 5080||Introduction to GIS||3|
|GEOG 5081||Cartography and Computer Mapping||3|
|Or an equivalent course approved by the GISci Certificate Coordinator|
|Take two of the following: 1||6|
|GEOG 5070||Remote Sensing II: Advanced Remote Sensing||3|
|GEOG 5085||GIS Applications for the Urban Environment||3|
|GEOG 5086||FOSS4G Systems Integration||3|
|GEOG 5090||Environmental Modeling with Geographic Information Systems||3|
|GEOG 5091||Open Source Software for Geospatial Applications||3|
|GEOG 5092||GIS Programming and Automation||3|
|GEOG 5095||Deploying GIS Functionality on the Web||3|
|GEOG 5235||GIS Applications in the Health Sciences||3|
|CVEN 5382||Geospatial Data Development||3|
|CVEN 5385||GIS Relational Database Systems||3|
One of these courses may be substituted with an elective approved by the GISci Certificate Coordinator
To learn more about the Student Learning Outcomes for this program, please visit our website.