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Graduate Certificate in Geographical Information Science

Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science

The GraduateCertificate in Geographic Information Science is a 13-hour  program that is designed to provide students with the practical GIS skills necessary for success in a variety of careers.

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 minimum requirements for acceptance into the graduate certificate in Geographic Information Systems are as follows:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing.
  • Adequate preparation in the field of study. If you did not receive your bachelor's degree in the Geography field, please contact Dr. Fred Siewers, the GIS advisor, prior to applying. 

Application & Fee

Students seeking this certificate must apply online. There is a $60 application fee.

Transcript Record

Graduates of accredited institutions other than WKU must submit an official transcript showing the completed degree to the Graduate School.

This program requires a minimum of 10 hours from the following courses *

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
GEOS 575 GIS Analysis & Modeling 3
GEOS 576 GIS Programming 3
GEOS 515 Remote Sensing Fundamentals 4
GEOS 517 Spatial Databases 3
GEOS 520 Geoscience Statistical Methods 4
GEOS 523 Geoprocessing and GIS Applicaitons 4
GEOS 577 Special Topics in GIS 3
GEOS 590 or
GEOS 595
Experimental GIS Design or
Supervised GIS Practicum
*A grade of "B" or better must be earned in all GIS certificate courses.
Click here for course descriptions.

Please Note: Courses are not listed in WKU Class Schedule. Please contact Wendy Decroix for enrollment in above courses at:

Phone: (270) 745-4556
Email: wendy.decroix@wku.edu

Department Contact

Dr. Kevin B. Cary
Email: kevin.cary@wku.edu 
Phone: (270) 745-2981

WKU Online

Phone: (270) 745-5173
Email: learn.online@wku.edu
Toll-Free: 888-4WKUWEB / 888-495-8932

The Graduate School

Email: graduate.school@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-2446
Website: wku.edu/graduate


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

For more information about the program, fill out the form below.

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 Last Modified 8/23/19