Jul 15, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 [Archived Catalog]

Geographic Information Science (GIS) Certificate Program

Certificate code CTGISU

College of Arts and Sciences  
Geography Department  
Clippinger Laboratories 122
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.1140

Gaurav Sinha, certificate coordinator/contact person

Program Overview

The ability to think spatially, interpret maps, and creatively use geospatial technologies is a fundamental skill expected in a wide variety of careers today. Maps and mapping technologies also underlie a significant proportion of everyday decision makings. Acquiring such skills requires formal training in many topics related to the interdisciplinary field of Geographic Information Science (GIScience).  The Certificate in GIScience is designed for students to complement their major with knowledge of mapping and geospatial technologies. The curriculum ensures a balanced background in the three core areas of GIScience: i) theoretical foundations of mapping and geospatial analysis, ii) use of geospatial technologies for creating, mapping, and analyzing geographic information, and iii) general computational and information analysis skills.  The certificate is open to all undergraduates except those enrolled in the GIScience major.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy

No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Job opportunities for GIS specialists abound in both government and private sectors. Depending on skill level, career tracks include, but are not limited to the following: data technician, database administrator, cartographer, geospatial analyst, software designer, GIS educator, and project manager.


Certificate Hours Requirement

The geographic information science (GIS) certificate program is a minimum of 17 hours.  Students must take at least 6 hours outside their major of study.

Core Courses

Complete the following courses:

Core Elective

Choose one of the following courses:

Specialization Electives

Choose two courses (5-8 credits) from the following: