Geographic Information Systems Certificate
Department of Geosciences
Calloway 101 • 678-839-6504
S. Rose, J. Hong
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. The GIS Certificate is a 100% online program.
Upon completing this Certificate program, students will be able to 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. 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.
The GIS Certificate program does not require either TOEFL or GRE.
GIS Certificate Program Requirements
Students lacking appropriate background are required to take GEOG 5551 (Introduction to GIS and mapping Sciences 3 hours). Please consult the department about waiving GEOG 5551.
GEOG 5553 Geographic Information Systems (4 cr.)
GEOG 5563 Remote Sensing (4 cr.)
Two from the following courses:
GEOG 5086 Internship (3 cr. maximum)
GEOG 5554 Computer Cartography (4 cr.)
GEOG 5562 Airphoto Interpretation & Photogrammetry (4 cr.)
GEOG 6082 Directed Problems (3 cr.)
GEOG 6446 Special Topics (4 cr.)
GEOG 6677 Image Processing (4 cr.)
GEOG 6753 Advanced GIS and Spatial Analysis (4 cr.)
GEOG 6755 GIS Database Design (4 cr.)
GEOG 6767 Programming and Customization in GIS (4 cr.)
GEOG 6893 Practicum in GIS (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.