Certificate in Geographic Information Systems

About

The undergraduate/post-baccalaureate certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) gives you the opportunity to study computer mapping, spatial analysis and spatial information technologies and gain valuable skills using software such as ArcGIS.  It is intended to be completed either at the same time as, or after, a bachelor’s degree.  No prior GIS experience required.

Courses are sequenced so that you can finish the certificate in one year. However, most full-time Eastern students choose to spread the coursework out over two years.

Online Option

This certificate is offered both in-person and online. The online certificate is designed with the working professional in mind. No actual classroom visits are required, and scheduled events that require timed participation are kept to a minimum.

Who Should Apply?

Our program attracts students from many majors and backgrounds, from Anthropology to Zoology and everything in between.  Some start with no prior GIS experience, and some are GIS professionals looking to hone their skills further.  If you are hoping to add a spatial perspective to your bachelor’s degree and gain marketable skills at the same time, consider the GIS Certificate.  If you want a graduate level (Master’s) certificate in GIS, however, you are in the wrong place.  Please visit the Master’s GIS Certificate page instead.

Apply

To apply to either the in-person or online certificate program, please contact the program advisor, Dr. Stacy Warren at swarren@ewu.edu or 509.359.7962.

Curriculum & Requirements

Geographic Information Systems Certificate

This certificate program is open to all majors and post-degree students.

The Certificate in Geographic Information Systems offers students an intensive, interdisciplinary course of study in the field of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology. Candidates must take four required classes and choose three additional classes from a list of options for a total of 24–30 credits. All students study a core of computer mapping and spatial analysis basics and then focus on their own application area (e.g. wildlife biology, wetlands, programming, cartographic design). An internship or similar participation in a ‘real world’ GIS project is a required component of the certificate program.

Grade Requirements: a grade ≥B must be earned in each course for it to count toward the Certificate.

Required Certificate Courses
GEOG 426GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS I5
GEOG 428GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS II5
GEOG 429GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS III5
GEOG 493GIS PORTFOLIO2
Electives
GIS Speciality–choose one
GEOG 427DESKTOP MAPPING3
or GEOG 499 DIRECTED STUDY
Interdisciplinary-choose one
GEOG/ENVS 323GIS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (PLAN 496 may substituted for the Interdisciplinary requirement on approval of the GIS Certificate Program advisor.)3
or PLAN 496 EXPERIMENTAL COURSE
Application Area3-5
Student selects appropriate (non-GIS) course with approval of certificate advisor, to complement chosen application area focus, e.g. Soils, Wetlands, Visual Basic, Global Issues.
Total Credits24-30

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