Geographic Information Systems

The Certificate in Geographic Information Systems is designed for those individuals seeking careers as GIS specialists, providing geographic data management, spatial analysis, and GIS system management support to professionals in a broad range of disciplines, such as criminal justice, health services, city and regional planning, civil and environmental engineering, transportation, and marketing. Certificate holders will seek employment in positions such as "GIS Specialist," "GIS Analyst," or "GIS Coordinator."

The School of Architecture and Urban Planning and the College of Letters and Science jointly offer this certificate. Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree with at least a 2.75 GPA.

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.

Upon completion of the certificate courses, a student is awarded the certificate which qualifies for 5 credential points in the GIS Certification Institute’s standards for professional certification in GIS.

Certificate 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.