Certificate in Geographic Information Sciences

Geographic Information Sciences is a multidisciplinary certificate that considers fundamental questions related to the use of geographic information systems (GIS). GIS is a computer-based mapping technology that visualizes, edits, manipulates and analyzes spatial data and imagery for decision-makers. GIS is an essential tool in understanding what is where; it is used in urban and regional design, marketing and industrial location, transportation, precision agriculture, forestry, environmental systems, engineering, emergency services, epidemiology, crime analysis, and utilities, among other applications. The certificate can be completed in class or online.

Students must earn a “B” or higher cumulative grade in all the required courses, with a “C” or higher grade in each course.


KSU Geographic Information Sciences students in the classroom

Program Snapshot

Required Courses: (9 credit hours) 

  • GEOG 3305: Introduction to Cartographic Processes
  • GEOG 3315: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • GIS 4415: Practicum in Geographic Information Systems

Choose two from the following (6 Credit Hours):

  • GEOG 4500: Advanced Topics in Geospatial Science
  • SURV 3320: Photogrammetry and Drone Analysis
  • SURV 3451: Terrain Analysis
  • GEOG 4405: Advanced Geographic Information Systems
  • GEOG 4410: Introduction to Remote Sensing

Total Number of Credit Hours: 15


Department of Geography and Anthropology

Kennesaw State University
Department of Geography and Anthropology
Social Sciences Building (402), Rm 4042
402 Bartow Ave., SO 4042
Kennesaw, Georgia, 30144

Phone: 470-578-2373

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