As one way to encourage our majors to take more of the advanced Geography courses and to choose an internship with a strong spatial focus (mapping, GIS, GPS, planning, field work, etc.), the Department offers this certificate, signed by the Dean of Arts and Sciences and the Chair of Geography-Geology. Students must complete at least five of these courses (plus an appropriate Geography internship): 303 (Geographic Information Systems), 304 (Geographic Information Systems Applications), 305 (Remote Sensing I), 308 (Quantitative Methods in Geography II), 310 (Field Geography), 351 (Cartographic Processes).
Sometimes we accept an independent study. All grades in the counted courses and the internship must be "C" or higher. Since the Certificate in Applied Spatial Analysis began in 1986, we have issued just over 100 of them.
Contact Person: Ms. Jill Freund Thomas
The GIS Certificate is a rigorous plan of study available to geography undergraduate students who wish to prepare for advanced careers in GIS, cartography, and remote sensing.
Any geography undergraduate student may pursue the GIS Certificate. It is strongly recommended that students wishing to pursue the Certificate decide to do so as soon as possible since several of the required courses have prerequisites.
A certificate of achievement will be presented to graduating students who complete the requirements for the GIS Certificate. Attainment of the GIS Certificate will not appear on the student’s permanent ISU transcript.