Undergraduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science (GIS)


Geographic Information Science, or GIS, is a vital component of fields as diverse as health care, real estate, ecology, and earth sciences. Our certificate in GIS offers you the opportunity to gain specific skills transferable to many different kinds of employment, and understand the geographic principles behind the analyses you're conducting.

You will be presented with an official certificate upon satisfactory completion of the required courses. While this certificate will not appear on your transcript, you will be able to use this credential on a resume or application for advanced study. The Geography & GIScience undergraduate advisor will track your progress through an internal database once you have registered for the certificate, as well as advise you on course selection. However, you should also keep track of your own progress, and inform the GGIS undergraduate advisor when you believe all requirements have been met. If you are interested in earning the GIS Certificate, please complete the registration webform: https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/4777349. You may also contact ggis-advisor@illinois.edu with any questions.

To complete the Certificate in Geographic Information Science, students must complete four courses for a minimum total of 13 credits, as follows:


Core Courses
Credit
Hours

 GEOG 105
The Digital Earth
3
 GEOG 379
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
4
 Two additional courses in geospatial technology*
 
GEOG 371
Spatial Analysis 4
GEOG 380
GIS II: Spatial Problem Solving 4
GEOG 412
Geospatial Technology & Society 3
GEOG 439
Health Applications of GIS 3
GEOG 440
Business Applications of GIS 3
GEOG 460
Aerial Photo Analysis 3
GEOG 473
Digital Cartography & Map Design 4
GEOG 477
Introduction to Remote Sensing 3
GEOG 478
Techniques of Remote Sensing 4
GEOG 479
Advanced Topics in GIS 3
GEOG 480
Principles of GIS 3
GEOG 489
Programming for GIS 4

*Students are not guaranteed a seat in a course required for the certificate, but are welcome to enroll in courses where seats remain available after any restriction, which may have been placed, has been removed.