Certificate in Geographic Information Systems
Geographic information systems (GIS) display and manage all types of data over time, usually in the form of maps, charts, and reports, to help analyze patterns and trends.
GIS technology, easily integrated into any organization’s information system, provides a quick and effective method for sharing data visually and solving problems. GIS is widely used in many fields and industries, including environmental science, architecture, engineering, medicine, municipal government, public health, social work, business, and a variety of research enterprises.
The 18-unit Certificate in Geographic Information Systems teaches both fundamental and advanced concepts and skills, including design of GIS projects, operation of software, cartographic output, spatial analysis, and industry-specific applications of GIS. The certificate targets working professionals seeking course work and skill enhancement in the field, as well as students wishing to complement their academic interests with additional training in GIS.
Our advisors go the extra mile to help you navigate your path and needs. We will provide you with the tools to make each moment spent on your education as valuable as possible. Students will receive:
- one-on-one, hour long appointments with an experienced advisor;
- career planning services to prepare you for opportunities after graduation;
- a partner throughout your journey to ensure success.
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Student advising is available at our West Campus location from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Friday.
required course work
- Introduction to GIS (U90 GIS 200)
- Digital Cartography (U90 GIS 303)
- Advanced Topics in GIS (U90 GIS 300)
- Spatial Data Modeling and Design (U90 GIS 421)
- GIS Clinic (U90 GIS 422)
- Public Health Applications of GIS
- GIS Programming (U90 GIS 310)
There are no formal requirements for admission to undergraduate certificates. Students should speak with an academic advisor regarding their preparation for specific certificates or courses.
The online application is available online on our Apply page. Applications are ready for review when all fields on the application form are completed and the application fee is paid.
You may pay by credit card online, or via check or money order payable to Washington University in St. Louis. You may also pay the fee by cash at the University College office.
This fee is waived for all WashU staff.