Geographic Information Systems Certificate
Department of Geosciences
Calloway 101 • 678-839-6504
S. Rose, J. Seong
The Department of Geosciences at the University of West Georgia offers a 15 hour course of study leading to a Geographic Information Systems Certificate. The GIS Certificate is designed to meet the needs of students and community. The GIS Certificate program aims at providing non-traditional students and field professionals with updated GIS knowledge and skills for further enhancement of their GIS career. It also aims at providing traditional students with a set of practical GIS skills to access the GIS market
Certificate students will demonstrate the knowledge and skills of:
- creating, managing, analyzing, and visualizing GIS data
- using GIS software packages for research and services
- implementing and developing enterprise GIS applications
- processing and analyzing remotely-sensed digital imagery, and
- designing valuable maps
Admission to the Program
The GIS Certificate is open to all professionals and current students who have a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.5 of above. Any bachelor's degree meets the requirement of admission. Prospective students must apply for the admission to the non-degree seeking program as described in the Graduate Catalog. Current students who are enrolled in a graduate program offered at UWG must submit a separate application to apply to this program. All application materials should be submitted to the Graduate School.
While the Department of Geosciences currently does not offer a masters degree program, should a student decide to apply to a masters program after successfully completing the certificate program, a maximum of nine (9) graduate semester hours may be applied toward a masters degree within six (6) years of completion and award of the certificate. Students must apply and be accepted to a masters program before completion of their ninth (9) graduate semester hour toward the certificate.
Students deciding to apply for admission to a masters program after completing the graduate certificate program must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and meet all other admission requirements. Please contact the Graduate School for more information.
GIS Certificate Program Requirements
GEOG 5553 Geographic Information Systems (4 cr.)
GEOG 6753 Advanced GIS and Spatial Analysis (4 cr.)
GEOG 6677 Image Processing (4 cr.)
one from the following courses:
GEOG 5562 Airphoto Interpretation & Photogrammetry (4 cr.)
GEOG 5554 Computer Cartography (4 cr.)
GEOG 5086 Internship (3 cr. maximum)
GEOG 7685 Remote Sensing for Teachers (4 cr.)
Students may take courses via the Web with the instructor's permission. The Certificate will be issued to the students who complete all required courses with B or better grades. Students must submit a copy of their transcript and the GIS Certificate Course Completion Form to the GIS Program Director during the last semester of their study in order to receive the Certificate.
Students lacking appropriate background may be required to take GEOG 2553 (Fundamentals of Mapping Science.) Students must consult all pre-requisites with the GIS program director.