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2012-2013 CSULB University Catalog


Undergraduate Programs

Certificate in Geographic Information Science

Co-Directors: Christopher Lee, Suzanne Wechsler

This certificate provides experience in quantitative spatial analysis using Geographic Information Systems, working with remotely sensed imagery and field-derived data, and effective communication through maps. The certificate serves as a supplement to standard degree programs. A brochure describing the GIScience Certificate is available in the department or on-line at

This certificate program is eligible for Financial Aid. Please see the department web site for required Federal disclosure information.


1. A bachelor's degree, which may be earned concurrently.

2. Consultation with the certificate advisor in the Geography Department.

3. Satisfactory completion of prerequisites (9 units):

  • GEOG 200 Introduction to Research Methods for Geographers (3)
    Prerequisite: None
  • GEOG 280 Intro Geospatial Techniques (3)
    Prerequisite: None
  • GEOG 380 Map Interpretation and Analysis (3)
    Prerequisite: None

4. A minimum of 23 units distributed as follows:

A. Core Courses. Take all the following courses:

  • GEOG 400 Geographical Analysis (4)
    Prerequisite: GEOG 200 or any introductory statistics course or consent of instructor.
  • GEOG 473 Remote Sensing (4)
    Prerequisites GEOG 200 (or equivalent) and GEOG 280 or consent of instructor.
  • GEOG 485/585 Principles of Geographic Information Science (4)
    Prerequisites: GEOG 200 or equivalent and GEOG 280; or consent of instructor.

B. Specialization (three courses):

Students are encouraged to select a specialization in one of the following three areas, although courses can be selected between categories with advisor approval.

  • Geographic Information Systems: GEOG 487A/587A, 487B/587B, 488/588
  • Remote Sensing: GEOG 474, 475
  • Cartography: GEOG 482, 484/584

The following courses may be substituted for the above courses with advisor consent: GEOG 481, 492, 494, 497, 697, 680. Substitutions may also be made for courses in database, computer programming, surveying and/or web design and visualization with approval from the Certificate Advisor.

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