Create the big picture in geographic information systems with digital models.
GIS is part of the global cyberinfrastructure concerned with the acquisition, storage,
manipulation and analysis of spatial data and processes. With the GIS certificate,
you'll explore and analyze data ranging from business markets and transportation networks
to physical and chemical processes in the environment.
Certificate - Graduate
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Why earn a GIS certificate?
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) answers the “what” and “where”. Whereas, Geographic
Information Science (GISc or GIScience) is concerned with the “how”. GISc encompasses
all aspects of GIS such as remote sensing, surveying, mathematics, programming and
geography. But, GISc takes GIS a step further by conceptualizing how to store spatial information
and analyze data.
UND's online graduate certificate program in Geographic Information Sciences is designed
for working professionals. You'll develop a solid theoretical foundation in GISc and
the technical skills needed to digitally model landscapes and enable the mathematical
characterization of spatial and temporal processes.
This online program emphasizes the development of graduate-level GISc professionals
who are highly qualified to work in:
The part-time, online GISc program is designed for non-degree seeking professionals
who are unable to complete a full-time, on-campus program. You are not required to
come to campus at any time. The program is 100% online. You may apply the credits
earned in this certificate program to a master's degree in Geography.
UND's GIS Certificate
Understand foundational theory and principles of cartography and geographic information
Develop a critical eye when designing and interpreting maps.
Appropriately model landscape features and to analyze spatial relationships among
Conduct applied research projects using geospatial technology tools.
GISc students commonly have undergraduate degrees in a wide range of areas, including:
Physical or social science education
A Geographical Information Sciences certificate gives you the strategic skills you
Geographic Information Systems
ArcGIS (GIS Software)
Global Positioning Systems
GIS Certificate Jobs
Geographical Information Sciences alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers
Bureau of Land Management
United States Department of the Air Force
150th Fighter Wing
Acciona Energy North America Corporation
GIS Certificate Courses
GEOG 471. Cartography and Visualization. 2 Credits.
This course examines the art, science, and technology of cartography and visualization. It familiarizes students with basic cartographic principles and with GIS, both of which are applicable to a wide range of professional fields and academic disciplines. Students learn how maps are designed and used to accurately represent and effectively communicate spatial phenomena and relationships. The course also includes a discussion of selection of proper thematic mapping techniques. Corequisite: GEOG 471L. F.
GEOG 574. Advanced Techniques in Geographic Information Systems. 3 Credits.
An advanced course designed to extend GIS knowledge and experience and to prepare students to become effective GIS analysts. The course follows a hands-on, problem-solving approach that integrates the interests and analytical needs to participating students. Prerequisite: GEOG 474 or an equivalent approved by the department.
GEOG 475. Digital Image Processing. 3 Credits.
A course focused on the concepts and principles involved in the use of digital remotely sensed data as they are applied to environmental monitoring and natural resource management. Emphasis is placed on algorithm development and 'hands-on' application of digital techniques to select imagery. Prerequisites: GEOG 374 and 374L. S.
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GEOG 474. Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS). 2 Credits.
An introductory course that examines the digital representation, manipulation, and analysis of geographic data, with emphasis on the analytical capabilities that GIS brings to bear on the solution of geographic problems. Prerequisites: GEOG 471 and 471L or equivalent or consent of instructor. Corequisite: GEOG 474L. F,S.
GEOG 591. Directed Study in Geographical Problems. 1-4 Credits.
Directed advanced research in a specialized field of geographic study. May be repeated up to a total of 9 credits. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Repeatable to 9 credits. F,S,SS.
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