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Geographic Information Science

 

GIS Certificates

Certificate in GISystems (ref# 174)

The department's Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Certificate program is designed to provide students with the practical GIS skills necessary for success in a variety of careers. This certificate program is designed for students in a variety of disciplines that involve the analysis and mapping of geographic data. Students who complete the program will have a solid foundation that spans the collection, management, analysis, automation, and display of data using GIS technology. Students gain practical experience by completing projects that require the use of sophisticated GIS functions. Finally, students learn how to develop and implement customized GIS applications. The program is housed in the Department of Geography & Geology. It consists of a series of four GIS courses and two 100-level courses taken for a total of 20 credit hours. The GIS courses are GISC 316, GISC 317, GISC 417, and GISC 419 and the 100-level courses are GEOG 110 and either GEOG 103, GEOL 111, or METR 121.  PLEASE NOTE that the 100-level courses for the Certificate in GISystems (ref#174) may be waived depending upon the student's background, please contact Kevin Cary for additional information (email:  kevin.cary@wku.edu or phone number (270) 745-2981).  A grade of "C" or better must be earned in all GIS certificate courses.

Online courses available for off-campus students only.  For more information, contact WKU's Division of Extended Learning and Outreach (DELO) or click here.  Be sure to fill out the Undergraduate Certificate Program Form (click here for form) the semester before completing all requirements for certificate. All students completing either a major in GIScience or minor in GISystems qualify for our Undergraduate Certificate in GISystems.

Graduate Certificate in GIScience (ref# 203)

GIS technology is widely used in business and industry, government and education. This certificate is designed for students in a variety of disciplines that involve spatial analysis, mapping, and interpretation of geospatial data. Students who complete the program will have a solid GIS foundation that spans the collection, management, analysis, interpretation, and display of geospatial data using GIS. Students gain practical experience by completing projects that require the use of sophisticated GIS functions. Finally, they learn how to develop and implement customized GIS applications. The certificate is offered by the Department of Geography & Geology. It consists of a series of three graduate courses taken for a minimum total of 10 graduate credit hours. These courses are selected from GEOS 515, GEOS 517, GEOS 520, GEOS 523, GEOS 575, GEOS 576, GEOS 577, GEOS 590, or GEOS 595. A grade of "B" or better must be earned in all graduate GIS certificate courses.  Students pursuing both a Master of Science Degree in Geoscience and a Graduate Certificate in GIScience may have to take additional courses for our Graduate Certificate in GIScience  because there is a limit on how many courses that can count for two graduate programs.

Online graduate courses available for off-campus students only.  For more information, contact WKU's Division of Extended Learning and Outreach (DELO) or click here.  Be sure to fill out the Graduate Certificate Program Form on TopNet the semester before completing all requirements for graduate certificate.  (If you are already in a master's degree program, then this certificate is treated as a separate program even if in the geoscience program already, thus the need to apply for a program.  To do this, first you'll need to apply to the graduate certificate program by clicking here and be sure to select certificate in GIS with reference number 203 during the process.  Next fill out the Graduate Certificate Program Form,  by going to Student Services in WKU TopNet and clicking on 'Student Records'.  In the Student Records click on 'Application for Graduation or Application for Certificate'.  Next click on 'Apply for Graduate' and go through the steps.  If you need more help or information, call WKU Office of the Registrar at (270) 745-3351.)

 

For more information about the cost of the program, average time to complete the program, and other important information, please visit this website.

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 Last Modified 5/29/18