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Certificate in Geospatial Information Science - Basic

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(For the Certificate Completion Form, visit the Graduate College website and find the Forms section.)

Admission Requirements

Students may pursue the graduate certificate while enrolled in any master’s program OR as a certificate-only student.

  • Students already enrolled in a master’s degree program should submit to Graduate Admissions a Secondary Program Request form at
  • Applicants interested in the certificate-only program should apply for admission to Marshall University as a Certificate/Professional Development student and select on the application form the Certificate in Geospatial Information Science - Basic.

GIScience credits can count toward a master’s degree in several departments such as Geography, Physical Science, Health Informatics, Environmental Sciences, Technology Management, and Information Technology. Please see an advisor in the appropriate department.


A graduate certificate in Geospatial Information Science - Basic consists of a minimum of 12 graduate hours in courses designated as GIScience Courses, including regularly offered courses as well as special topics courses. Students must take courses from at least two different departments for a graduate GIScience certificate. Students must have a B (3.0) average in their GIScience courses and no grade below a C (2.0) in their GIScience courses to earn the certificate. The program is designed to:

  • offer GIS study in a variety of disciplines with a variety of applications;
  • teach students GIS techniques;
  • teach students to apply GIS to solve scientific research problems;
  • encourage students to gain experience in the GIS field by means of internships;
  • integrate GIS applications with computer science concepts;
  • prepare students for GIS employment or GIS work at the graduate level.

GIScience required course:

  • GEO 526 Principles of GIS (4 hrs.) – requirement waived if GEO426 or its equivalent taken as an undergraduate

Graduate GIScience electives courses:

  • BSC 510/PS 510 Remote Sensing with GIS Applications (4 credit hours) - Brumfield and Oberly syllabus
  • BSC 511/PS 511 Digital Image Processing and GIS Modeling (4 hrs.) - Brumfield and Oberly syllabus
  • GEO 529 GIS – Vector Analysis (3 hrs.) - Leonard syllabus
  • GEO 530 GIS – Raster Analysis (3 hrs.) - Walz syllabus
  • GEO 531 Principles of Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry (3 hrs.) - Evans syllabus
  • GEO 532 Enterprise GIS (3 hrs.)
  • GEO 533 GPS and Mobile Geospatial Technologies (3 hrs.)
  • GEO 631 Applied GIS Projects (3 hrs.)
  • GEO 690 Internship (1-6 hrs.; must be GIScience approved in advance)
  • IS 645 Geographic Information Systems (3 hrs.) - Wolfe syllabus
  • PLS 533 GIS and Remote Sensing for Natural Resource Management (3 hrs.) Kim syllabus
  • Special Topics courses as approved by the GIScience Curriculum Committee
  • Independent Studies courses as approved by the GIScience Curriculum Committee

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