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Geographic Information Science

 

GIS Certificates

Certificate in GISystems (ref# 174)

The department's 14-hour 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, 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 courses taken for a total of 14 credit hours. These courses are selected from GISC 316 (or GEOG 316), GISC 317 (or GEOG 317), GISC 417 (or GEOG 417), and GISC 419 (or GEOG 419). A grade of "C" or better must be earned in all GIS certificate courses.

Please note that GISC 419 (or GEOG 419) requires a prerequisite of a Python-base course or CS 170 as well as GISC 317 (or GEOG 317).  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 (or GEOG 417G), GEOS 576 (or GEOG 419G), GEOS 577, GEOS 590, or GEOS 595 with a maximum of 6 hours from the 400G level. 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.

Please note that GEOS 576 (or GEOG 419G) requires a prerequisite of a Python-base course or CS 170 as well as GISC 317 (GEOG 317 or equivalent)).   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.  (To fill out the Graduate Certificate Program Form, go to Student Services in TopNet and click 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.)

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