Certificate Requirements

Credits and Courses

The School of Architecture and Urban Planning, and the College of Letters and Science jointly offer the certificate. A minimum of 6 semester-long courses and 18 credits to receive the certificate. A minimum of 6 credits each in Urban Planning and Geography courses is required.

The core courses (12 credits) focus on the structure of geographic data, components for managing geographic information systems, spatial analysis, and delivery of geographic information through maps and displays. Students select the remaining 6 credits for the certificate from electives, which may include an internship, in areas such as remote sensing, map-making, and data management systems.

Requirements

Total Credits

18 credits

Required Course, Tier 1 (select one course)
  • Geog 525 - Geographical Information Science, 4 credits
    or
  • UrbPlan 791 - Introduction to Urban Geographic Information Systems for Planning, 3 credits
Required Course, Tier 2 (select one course)
  • Geog 625 - Intermediate Geographic Information Science, 4 credits
    or
  • UrbPlan 792 - Using Urban Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Planning, 3 credits
Required Courses, Tier 3 (select two courses)
  • Anthro 562 - Techniques and Problems in Archaeology, 3 credits
  • Geog 725 - Advanced Geographic Information Science: Geographic Modeling, 3 credits
  • Geog 734 - GIS and Society, 3 credits
  • Geog 960 - Seminar: Geographic Techniques: (Subtitled), 3 credits
  • UrbPlan 793 - Applied Projects in Urban Geographic Information Systems, 3 credits
  • UrbPlan 794 - Internet Geographic Information Systems, 3 credits
Electives (6 credits)
  • Anthro 380 - Anthropological Applications of GIS, 3 credits
  • Anthro 562 - Techniques and Problems in Archaeology (if not selected above), 3 credits
  • BusAdm 749 - Data and Information Management, 3 credits
  • Geog 403 - Remote Sensing: Environmental and Land Use Analysis, 3 credits
  • Geog 405 - Cartography, 3 credits
  • Geog 525 - Geographic Information Science (if not selected above), 4 creidts
  • Geog 515 - Watershed Analysis and Modeling, 3 credits
  • Geog 547 - Spatial Analysis, 3 credits
  • Geog 625 - Intermediate Geographic Information Science (if not selected above), 4 credits
  • Geog 698 - GIS/Cartography Internship, 1-6 credits
  • Geog 703 - Advanced Remote Sensing, 3 credits
  • Geog 725 - Advanced Geographic Information Science: Geographic Modeling (if not selected above), 3 credits
  • Geog 734 - GIS and Society (if not selected above), 3 credits
  • Geog 750 - Remote Sensing and Urban Analysis, 3 credits
  • Geog 960 - Seminar; Geographic Techniques (if not selected above), 3 credits
  • Geog 999 - Independent Work (with appropriate topic), 1-6 credits
  • UrbPlan 692 - Special Topics in Urban Planning: “Transportation Planning and GIS” subtitle, 1-3 credits
  • UrbPlan 791 - Introduction to Urban Geographic Information Systems for Planning (if not selected above), 3 credits
  • UrbPlan 792 - Using Urban Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Planning (if not selected above), 3 credits
  • UrbPlan 793 - Applied Projects in Urban Geographic Information Systems (if not selected above), 3 credits
  • UrbPlan 794 - Internet Geographic Information Systems (if not selected above), 3 credits
  • UrbPlan 991 - Legislative/Administrative Agency Internship, 3-6 credits
  • UrbPlan 999 - Independent Study, 1-3 credits
Transfer Credits

No more than 20% of the required credits may be taken at an institution other than UWM. To be eligible for transfer, the course must have been completed within the last 2 years. These courses are subject to Graduate School transfer policy and must be approved by the director of the certificate program.

GPA Requirements

A minimum cumulative 3.00 grade point average in certificate courses taken at UWM is required.