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. No more than 3 credits of Internship or Independent Study will be counted towards the Certificate.

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.

Time Limits

Certificate program time limits shall be established as follows:

  • 18 or fewer credits/Three years from initial enrollment in the certificate sequence.
  • 19 or more credits/Four years from initial enrollment in the certificate sequence.
  • For certificates that are designed as add-ons to degree programs and are awarded concurrent with the degree, the time limit shall be the same as that of the degree program.

Requirements

Total Credits

18 credits

Required Course, Tier 1 (select one course)
  • Geog 726 - 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 826 - 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)
  • Geog 704 - Remote Sensing: Environmental and Land Use Analysis, 4 credits
  • Geog 705 - Cartography, 4 credits
  • Geog 748 - ArcGIS Programming with Python, 4 credits
  • Geog 834 - GIS and Society, 3 credits
  • Geog 926 - Advanced Geographic Information Science: Geographic Modeling, 3 credits
  • Geog 960 - Seminar: Geographic Techniques, 3 credits
  • UrbPlan 793 - Applied Projects in Urban Geographic Information Systems, 3 credits
  • UrbPlan 794 - Internet Geographic Information Systems, 3 credits
  • Anthro 562 - Techniques and Problems in Archaeology , 3 credits
  • Bus Adm 749 - Data Management Systems, 3 credits
Electives (6 credits)
  • Geog 704 - Remote Sensing: Environmental and Land Use Analysis (if not selected above), 4 credits
  • Geog 705 - Cartography (if not selected above), 4 credits
  • Geog 716 - Watershed Analysis and Modeling, 3 credits
  • Geog 726 - Geographic Information Science (if not selected above), 4 credits
  • Geog 747 - Spatial Analysis, 4 credits
  • Geog 748 - ArcGIS Programming with Python (if not selected above), 4 credits
  • Geog 798 - GIS/Cartography Internship, 1-4 credits
  • Geog 804 - Advanced Remote Sensing, 3 credits
  • Geog 826 - Intermediate Geographic Information Science (if not selected above), 4 credits
  • Geog 834 - GIS and Society (if not selected above), 3 credits
  • Geog 904 - Remote Sensing and Urban Analysis, 3 credits
  • Geog 926 - Advanced Geographic Information Science: Geographic Modeling (if not selected above), 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, 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
  • Anthro 380 - Anthropological Applications of GIS, 3 credits
  • Anthro 562 - Techniques and Problems in Archaeology (if not selected above), 3 credits
  • Anthro 768 - Topics in Advanced Research Design in Anthropology, 3 credits
  • Bus Adm 749 - Data Management Systems (if not selected above), 3 credits
  • Crm Jst 520 - Analysis Oriented Technology: Spatial Data Analysis; Crime Mappingl ArcGIS, 3 credits
  • InfoSt 465 - Legal Aspects of Information Products and Services, 3 credits
  • InfoSt 691 - Economics of Information, 3 credits
  • Infost 714 - Metadata (prerequisites strictly enforced), 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.