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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Certificate

Degree Check Sheet:  GIS-Certificate-2018-2019

The GIS certificate option serves working professionals and students interested in developing proficiency in Geospatial Sciences. GIS education has become an integral part of many academic disciplines and professions, including natural resources, environmental science, geography, geology, planning, anthropology, civil engineering, criminal justice, business, biology, health sciences, social sciences, and others. In order to develop a high-level of proficiency, the GIS course requirements for the GIS Certificate are similar to those of the Geospatial Sciences Majors. Students must complete each course in a certificate program with a grade of “C-” or better; students must also maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above in the GIS certificate program. Students should consult with a department advisor to prepare a program plan.

Required Courses

  • GIS 1220 – Introduction to Geospatial Sciences Credits: 3
  • GIS 2250 – Geographic Information Systems Credits: 3 *
  • GIS 3250 – Cartography Credits: 3 *
  • GIS 4840 – Remote Sensing  or GIS 4870 – Spatial Databases Credits: 3 *
  • GIS 4850 – Spatial Modeling in Raster Credits: 4 *
  • GIS 4860 – GIS Applications Credits: 4 *
  • One upper level GIS elective Credits: 3 *
  • GIS 4890 – Advanced GIS Project Credits: 3 *
  • Total: 26 credits
  • Course requires additional prerequisites or corequisites

NOTE: Depending on the Catalog year of your degree, the requirements may vary. The best source of information is the MSU Denver Catalog. Be sure to switch to your degree year.


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