Undergraduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science (GIS)


Geographic Information Science, or GIS, has become a vital part of fields as diverse as health care, real estate, ecology, and earth sciences. A certificate in GIS offers you the opportunity not only to gain specific skills transferable to many different kinds of employment, but to understand the geographic principles behind the analyses you're conducting.

Students completing the required courses will be presented with an official certificate document. 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 departmental advisor will track your progress through an internal database once you have registered for the certificate, as well as advise you on course selection. Feel free to contact Dr. Cidell at jcidell@illinois.edu if you have 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
GEOG 105 - The Digital Earth
GEOG 379 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

Two additional courses in geospatial technologies*:
GEOG 371 - Spatial Analysis
GEOG 380 - GIS II: Spatial Problem Solving
GEOG 412 - Geospatial Tech & Society
GEOG 439 - Health Applications of GIS
GEOG 440 - Business Applications of GIS
GEOG 460 - Aerial Photo Analysis
GEOG 473 - Digital Cartography & Map Design
GEOG 477 - Introduction to Remote Sensing
GEOG 478 - Techniques of Remote Sensing
GEOG 479 - Advanced Topics in GIS
GEOG 480 - Principles of GIS
GEOG 489 - Programming for GIS

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

If you are interested in pursuing the GIS Certificate, please complete a registration webform: https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/4777349