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Certificate in Geographic Information Science

This certificate provides experience in quantitative spatial analysis using Geographic Information Systems software, remotely sensed imagery and field-derived data, and effective communication through maps. The certificate serves as a supplement to standard degree programs. Further information on the GIScience Certificate is available from the Geography undergraduate advisor, and online 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) or equivalent
    Prerequisite: None
  • GEOG 280 Intro Geospatial Techniques (3) or equivalent
    Prerequisite: None
  • GEOG 380 Introduction to Digital Cartography & Analysis (3)
    Prerequisite: None

4. A minimum of 23 units distributed as follows:

A. Core Courses. Take all the following courses:

  • GEOG 400 Multivariate 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 GEOG 471 or GEOG 481; or consent of instructor.
  • GEOG 485/585 Principles of Geographic Information Science (4)
    Prerequisites: GEOG 200 or equivalent AND GEOG 280 or GEOG 471 or GEOG 481; 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, GEOG 487B/587B, GEOG 488/588

Remote Sensing:

  • GEOG 474, GEOG 475


  • GEOG 482, GEOG 484/584

One of the following courses may be substituted for the above courses with advisor consent: GEOG 446, GEOG 492, GEOG 494, GEOG 497, GEOG 697, GEOG 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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