Gis Certifcation | Geography and Environmental Resources | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts

Certificate in GIS

Geospatial techniques (GIS and Remote Sensing) are one of the fastest growing areas of employment, according to a recent study by the US Department of Labor.

Our Certificate in GIS provides students with knowledge, skills and understanding that will propel them into these expanding job markets.

The modern computer-based subfield of geography has evolved to represent one of the key areas of our discipline today. Probably one of the best known examples of geospatial technology is the satellite navigation system based GPS (global positioning system) we use in our cars. Geospatial technologies include geographic information systems (GIS). GIS is a robust way to analyze "layers" of data about a place by creating maps or models of a specific location, region, or continent. Remote sensing (RS) is another geospatial technology which provides spatial data for GIS analysis. There are a multitude of valuable applications that can be addressed through GIS and remote sensing projects.

The Graduate GIS Certificate enables students to focus on advanced geospatial techniques and analytical skills. This certificate meets the needs of the expanding job opportunities for Masters' and Ph.D. students. Students must be admitted to an SIU graduate program or the SIU non-declared graduate program and maintain a 3.0 GPA in the certification courses.  This certificate ensures that the students understand advanced mapping technologies; know how to combine individual models and functions in ArcGIS to carry out a complicated spatial analysis task; master advanced digital image processing and analysis technologies; and obtain competence in designing, developing, and managing spatial databases. Further, they will demonstrate an understanding of GIS's relationships with remote sensing, global positioning system (GPS), mathematics, statistics, and other sciences and obtain capacity in integrating multi-disciplinary methods for problem-solving. The program requires students to complete 18 credit hours of graduate level coursework from the following:

  • GEOG 502 (3) - Geographic Information Systems
  • GEOG 504 (3) - Spatial Analysis
  • GEOG 506 (3) - Intro to Remote Sensing
  • GEOG 508 (3) - Advanced Remote Sensing
  • GEOG 520 (3) - Advanced Geographic Information Systems
  • GEOG 528 (3)  - GIS Portfolio/GIS Capstone Project