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.
Complete the following required courses (24 credits total) with a grade of B or better for all geography courses:
GEO 238 Statistics for Geographers I (Formerly Quantitative Methods in Geography I) (3)
GEO 300 Cartography (3)
GEO 303 Introduction to GIS (Formerly Geographic Information Systems) (4)
GEO 304 Advanced GIS (Formerly Geographic Information Systems) (3)
GEO 305 Remote Sensing (3)
GEO 308 Statistics for Geographers (Formerly Quantitative Methods in Geography II (3)
Complete any two (2) of the following (6-8 credits total):
IT 164 Introduction to Problem Solving Using the Computer (3)
IT 165 Computer Programming for Scientists (4)
IT 168 Structured Problem Solving Using the Computer (4)
IT 170 Scripting Languages and Automation (Python) (3)
GEO 287 Independent Study (3) that should emphasize learning Python or some other scripting or programming language.
Complete a suitable professional experience, one that relates in large part to GIS, remote sensing, and/or cartography. The expereince must be approved by a designated Geography faculty member.
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.