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 that help with the analysis of 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 spatial 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.
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.U.S. Citizenship or Eligible Noncitizen
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University College is designed for students with adult responsibilities who may require part-time and flexible course schedules. Current high school students and recent graduates seeking a traditional WashU college experience should apply through the undergraduate admissions office: admissions.wustl.edu.
Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis and typically take four to six weeks. Applicants are encouraged to submit all materials by the following dates:
Completed application form
- SPRING 2022: DEC. 31, 2021
- SUMMER 2022: APRIL 30, 2022
- FALL 2022: JULY 31, 2022
The online application is available online on our Apply page. Applications are ready for review when all fields on the application form are completed.
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REQUIRED COURSES: 15 UNITS
- Introduction to GIS (U90 GIS 200)
- Advanced GIS (U90 GIS 300)
- Digital Cartography (U90 GIS 303)
- Spatial Data Modeling and Design (U90 GIS 421)
- GIS Clinic (U90 GIS 422)
ELECTIVE COURSES: 3 UNITS
- GIS Programming (U90 GIS 310)
- Open Source GIS (U90 GIS 313)
- Public Health Applications of GIS (U90 GIS 425)
- Public Sector Applications of GIS (U90 GIS 427)