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Undergraduate GIS Certificate

Are you interested in pursuing a career in the exciting and constantly evolving field of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)? Look no further than our Undergraduate GIS Certificate program!

Our GIS Certificate program provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to become proficient in the use of GIS software and tools, as well as the ability to analyze and interpret geospatial data.

With a GIS Certificate, you will be qualified for a wide range of careers in fields such as geospatial industry, urban planning, environmental science, natural resource management, transportation, and more. Plus, the demand for GIS professionals continues to grow, making it a smart choice for those seeking a career that offers stability and growth opportunities. The employment of GIS technologists is projected to increase by as much as 10% from 2021 to 2031, and the median salary tops $95,000 per year.

Our program offers a comprehensive and practical curriculum designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to become a proficient GIS analyst. With a focus on real-world applications and hands-on experience using industry-standard software (e.g. ArcGIS; ENVI; PIX4D), you'll gain the expertise needed to stand out in today's competitive job market. Whether you're a freshman, sophomore, or senior student in any discipline, you can combine the GIS Certificate with your major, our GIS Certificate program is the perfect way to take your career to the next level.

Program Coursework

The GIS certificate is a 13-hour program consists of three core courses, and two elective

Core Courses

Course Number Course Name
GIS 2301 / SOC 2501 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Sciences
GIS 4303 / SOC 4501 Advanced GIS
GIS 3990 Internship / Capstone

Elective Courses

Choose one course from the following list of methods/visualization electives (3 Credits)
GEOG 1001 Introduction to Geography (MOTR GEOG 101) 
HONORS 2002 Topics in Information Literacy
SCMA 3331 Data Visualization for Business Applications
POL SCI 3350 Political Parties and Elections
CMP SCI 3411 Introduction to Data Visualization
SOC 3501 Social Mapping for Change
INFSYS 3830 Data Programming
MATH 4360 Introduction to Statistical Data Analysis for GIS
MATH 4370 Introduction to Remote Sensing Digital Image Analysis
CMP SCI 4420 Introduction to Digital Image Processing and Computer Vision
Choose one course from the following list of broadening electives (3 Credits)
GEOG 1002 World Regions (MOTR GEOG 101)
GEOG 2001 Cultural Geography
HONORS 2020 Inquiries in the Fine and Performing Arts
HONORS 2040 Inquiries In Mathematics And Computing
POL SCI 2600 The Geography of Governance
HIST 4142 Inquiries in U.S. History
ECON 4160 Geospatial Analysis in the Social Sciences
CMP SCI 4200 Python for Scientific Computing and Data Science
PHIL 4460 Topics in Logic
SOC WK 4755 Poverty, Human Rights, and Social Justice
MGMT 5634  Sustainability Management 2

Questions? Contact:

Dr. Reda Amer
Director of UMSL Geospatial Collaborative

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