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. Please 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

 GEOG 105
The Digital Earth
 GEOG 379
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
UP 418 - GIS for Planners can be substituted for GEOG 379.
 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
*Registering for the GIS Certificate does not guarantee you a seat in these courses. We must give priority to our majors and minors, but we do offer waitlists for certain high-demand courses and will contact about any remaining seats.

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