Undergraduate Certificate or Minor in Geospatial Information Science

Undergraduate students have the option of completing a Certificate or Minor in Geospatial Information Science (GIScience).

Minor in Geospatial Information Science


An undergraduate Minor in GIScience consists of a minimum of 18 hours in courses designated as GIScience. Students must take courses from at least two different departments. Either GEO 426 Principles of GIS (cross-listed as ANT402) or IST 423 GIS and Data Systems is required. Students are encouraged to take both GEO 426 and IST 423. 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 minor. Students may not earn a GIScience minor and a GIScience undergraduate certificate.

Certificate in Geospatial Information Science


An undergraduate Certificate in GIScience consists of a minimum of 18 hours in courses designated as GIScience. Students must take courses from at least two different departments. Either GEO 426 Principles of GIS (cross-listed as ANT402) or IST 423 GIS and Data Systems is required. Students are encouraged to take both GEO 426 and IST 423. 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. Students may not earn a GIScience minor and a GIScience undergraduate certificate.

Download the Undergraduate Certificate Completion Form (.docx)

Undergraduate GIScience Courses:


  • BSC 410/PS 410/IST 420 Remote Sensing with GIS Applications (4 credit hours) – Oberly syllabus
  • BSC 410/PS 411/IST 421 Digital Image Processing and GIS Modeling (4 hrs.) – Oberly syllabus
  • CE 241 Introduction to Geomatics (3 hrs.)
  • *GEO 110 Basic GIS (1 hr.)
  • GEO 111 Air Photos and Satellite Imagery (1 hr.)
  • *GEO 112 Introduction to GPS (1 hr.)
  • GEO 113 Web GIS (1 hr.)
  • *GEO 426 Principles of GIS (4 hrs.) – Leonard syllabus, Walz syllabus
  • *GEO 429 Principles of GIS 2 – Vector Analysis (4 hrs.) – Leonard syllabus
  • GEO 430 GIS – Raster Analysis (4 hrs.) – Walz syllabus
  • GEO 431 Principles of Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry (3 hrs.) – Evans syllabus
  • GEO 432 Enterprise GIS (3 hrs.)
  • GEO 433 GPS and Mobile Geospatial Technologies (3 hrs.)
  • *GEO440 Spatial Statistics and GIS (4 hrs.)
  • GEO 490 Internship (1-6 hrs.; must be GIScience approved in advance)
  • GLY 212 Geological Field Mapping (2 hrs.)- Sanderson syllabus
  • IST 150 Spreadsheet and Database Principles. (3 hrs.)
  • IST 322 Terrestrial Systems (4 hrs.)
  • IST 323 Aquatic Ecology (4 hrs.)
  • IST 365 Database Information Management (3 hrs.)
  • IST 423 GIS and Integrated Data Systems (3 hrs.)- Spence syllabus
  • IST 428 CAD and Terra Modeling (3 hrs.)
  • IST 470 Internship (1-4 hrs.; must be GIScience approved in advance)
  • IST 491 Senior Project II (3 hrs.; must be GIScience approved by adviser to qualify)
  • MIS 340 Database Management Systems (3 hrs.)
  • PLS 433 GIS and Remote Sensing for Natural Resource Management (3 hrs.) – Kim syllabus
  • Special Topics courses as approved by the GIScience Curriculum Committee

*Also available as an online course.