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Program Mission: The mission of the GISci Graduate Certificate Program is to provide individuals who hold a Bachelors degree in the environmental life sciences with the requisite knowledgebase to be proficient in GISci. Specifically, the certificate will allow individuals to be competitive in both the job market as well as in admission to higher‐level degree programs.

Admission Requirements: To be eligible for admission to the GISci Graduate Certificate Program, applicants must meet all of the requirements for admission to the Graduate School (see “Admission to Graduate Degree and Certificate Programs”) and the Department of Biological Sciences Graduate Program.

Degree Audit: A Bachelors degree in Biological Sciences or closely related field.

Course/Curriculum Requirements

GEG 5810 - Geographic Information Systems I Credits: 3

One of the following courses:


  • GEG 4910 - GIS Programming Credits: 4
  • GEG 5820 - Remote Sensing I Credits: 3
  • GEG 5870 - Remote Sensing II Credits: 3
  • GEG 5830 - GIS: Building Geodatabases Credits: 3
  • GEG 5850 - Mapping the Modern Way Credits: 3
  • GEG 5860 - Geographic Information Systems II Credits: 3
  • GEG 5880 - GIS Modeling Credits: 3


At least 12 hours in the following elective courses* to fulfill credit requirements.
Up to 6 credits may come from GEG. A maximum of 6 at the 4750‐4999 level will apply.


  • BIO 4820 - Spatial Analysis for Environmental Sciences Credits: 3
  • BIO 4840 - Resource Management and Environmental Assessment Credits: 3
  • BIO 5380 - Landscape Ecology. Credits: 3
  • GEG 4910 - GIS Programming Credits: 4
  • GEG 5820 - Remote Sensing I Credits: 3
  • GEG 5870 - Remote Sensing II Credits: 3
  • GEG 5830 - GIS: Building Geodatabases Credits: 3
  • GEG 5850 - Mapping the Modern Way Credits: 3
  • GEG 5860 - Geographic Information Systems II Credits: 3
  • GEG 5880 - GIS Modeling Credits: 3

* Other BIO graduate courses can be applied with permission from both the instructor and Certificate Coordinator.

If students have equivalent courses from their undergraduate degree programs, alternative GISci courses may be taken instead upon approval of the Biological Sciences Graduate Coordinator.

Courses Applicable Toward a Concurrent or Future Degree

Courses in this program my be counted toward an MS in Biological Sciences with permission of graduate student's committee.