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Geographic Information Science

Contact Person
Dr. Lan Mu
GIScience Certificate Program Coordinator
Associate Professor
Geography Department
(706) 542-1058

Description of the Program
The Geographic Information Science (GIScience) Certificate Program is designed to prepare undergraduates with the training necessary to enter the rapidly expanding field of GIScience.

Why GIScience at the University of Georgia?
  • A comprehensive collection of courses in GIScience and GI Technology is offered by the Department of Geography and other UGA departments. Learning geospatial concepts and skills in geographic data collection and analysis will increase your research and employment opportunities in the growing field of GIScience.
  • GIScience faculty have research interests covering various aspects, including theories and methods in GIScience, remote sensing, landscape ecology, cartography and geovisualizaiton, health and the environment, urban studies, transportation, community studies, social media, natural resources, human-environment interaction and more.
  • Gain real-world experience through GIS internship or a GIS independent study.

Inquiries, Application, and Completion
  • There are no prerequisite courses required for the certificate program. If you have any inquiries about the program, please contact Dr. Lan Mu, mulan@uga.edu.
  • To apply, please request to be admitted to the GIScience Certificate Program from UGA’s Athena system online. Log into Athena using your UGA MyID, go to Curriculum Change Application module, and choose GIScience Certificate Program. You will receive a confirmation after your request is processed.
  • After you have completed all the course requirements, please fill out the Undergraduate GIScience Certificate Completion Form and email it to the certificate program coordinator. Your completion form will be evaluated by the certificate program coordinator and the GIScience faculty.
  • Your GIScience Certificate will be approved if you have fulfilled all the course requirements with an average of 3.0 and above GPA in the 12 credits of GIScience courses. You will receive the following confirmation and documents:
    • A signed copy of the UGA Undergraduate GIScience Certificate through the mail (please make sure we have your most updated mailing address).
    • An official record on your UGA transcript to show that you have earned the Undergraduate GIScience Certificate.

Course Requirements (12 hours, and at least 9 hours of GEOG courses)
In order to understand the fundamental knowledge of GIScience and build essential skills, students enrolled in the GIScience Certificate Program will take a minimum of 12 hours of UGA courses, selected from among the following. It is not necessary to take these courses in sequence. A repeated course (such as a directed study) can only be counted once toward the GIScience Certificate Program’s requirements. Only courses with A-F grading can be used to fulfill the course requirements.

Core Course (3 hours):
One of the following:
GEOG 4370/6370-4370L/6370L
GEOG 4370E/6370E

Elective Courses (9 hours):
GEOG 3510-3510L
GEOG 4330/6330-4330L/6330L
GEOG 4350/6350-4350L/6350L
GEOG 4380/6380-4380L/6380L
GEOG 4385/6385-4385L/6385L
GEOG 4410/6410-4410L/6410L
GEOG 4430/6430-4430L/6430L
GEOG 4450/6450
GEOG 4460/6460
GEOG 4470/6470-4470L/6470L
GEOG 4570/6570-4570L/6570L
GEOG 4590/6590-4590L/6590L
One of the following (up to 4 hours, with a focus on GIS):
    GEOG 3990
    GEOG 4921/6921
    ENGR 4920
    One of the research courses (4960R, 4970R, 4980R) offered by UGA’s Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO)*
CRSS 4050/6050
One of the following:
    EDES 4270/6270
    EDES 4280E/6280E
ENGR 3120
ENGR 5930/7930
ENVE 4710
FANR 3800 and FANR 3800L
FANR 5620/7620-5620L/7620
FORS 5650/5650L-5650L/7650L

In addition to the courses listed above, upon request by the applicant, a GIS-related course taken in another department at UGA can be considered as an elective course contingent upon an evaluation by the certificate program coordinator or the GIScience faculty.

Additional Stipulations
In order to ensure that certificate recipients display a strong command of GIScience, the certificate is granted only to those students who achieve a 3.0 GPA in courses that constitute the GIScience Certificate Program. The GPA for certificate purposes will be computed in accordance with UGA policy. Post-baccalaureate students returning to acquire the certificate must repeat any required or elective courses which were completed more than five years prior to the award date of the certificate.

* CURO requires students to provide a four letter course prefix (e.g., GEOG, BIOL, HIST) for the research course series. Not all academic departments offer all CURO courses. For details, please check CURO’s website: https://curo.uga.edu/students/research-courses