GIS Certificate Programs

Students from disciplines including agronomy, biological sciences, economics, engineering, environmental science, geography, geology, landscape architecture, and sociology benefit from applying GIS and related technologies such as global positioning systems (GPS), remote sensing, geostatistics, and computer programming to input, analyze, model, and display (map) location-based data.

Earn a GIS or GIScience Certificate

Effective use of geographic information systems (GIS) has evolved into a requisite skill in most academic research, as well as for agencies in both the public and private sectors.


The Department of Geography and Geospatial Sciences offers different GIS certificate programs for undergraduate and graduate students:

Professional GIS Certification

Professional certification is important to the GIS field as it helps establish GIS as a rigorous technical profession, ensures those who produce geographic information have competency in a core set of knowledge and skills, encourages long-term professional development, and promotes ethical behavior by members of the profession. Students interested in pursuing future professional certification can learn more by reading our Professional GIS Certification page.