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Undergraduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Undergraduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems

The Undergraduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a 20-hour program that is designed to provide students with the practical skills necessary for success in a variety of careers.

This certificate program is designed for 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.

Current WKU Students

New Students

The minimum requirements for acceptance are as follows:

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • Application and Fee
  • Official copy of Transcript(s) if applicable

To apply to WKU and earn this certificate as a standalone credential:

Complete the WKU Domestic and International Undergraduate Application.

Under Planned Course of Study Section, if you are not enrolling in any other program, choose:

  1. Category of Study >>> Certificate
  2. Planned Course of Study >>> Geographic Information Systems (Certificate)
  3. Primary Location >>> Web (online)

If you plan to earn an associate degree or bachelor's, please follow the application process for that degree and submit the certificate program form to your advisor

Helpful Tips to Complete the Admission Application

The Geographic Information Systems certificate requires 20 semester hours. A grade of "C" or better must be earned in all GIS certificate courses.

Below is a list of program requirements and the semester in which the courses may be available via web through WKU Online, which refers to semester-based online courses or self-paced through On Demand. 

Required Courses (20 hours)

GEOG 103 or

METR 121

Our Dynamic Planet (fall, spring, and summer)

Meteorology (winter)

GEOG 110

World Regional Geography (fall, winter, spring, and summer)

GISC 316

Fundamentals of GIS (fall, spring, and summer)

GISC 317

Geographic Information Systems (fall, spring, and summer)

GISC 417

GIS Analysis & Modeling (fall)

GISC 419

GIS Programming (spring)


Department Contact

David J. Keeling, Ph.D.
Department Head & Professor of Geography
Email: david.keeling@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-4555

WKU Online

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


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 9/4/20