Geographic Information Science

Graduate Certificate Program Summary


Geographic Information Science technology is having a tremendous impact on our world due to its capabilities for approaching complex problems of a multidisciplinary nature. The graduate level GIS certificate program addresses the needs of students and professional communities that require GIS education, training, and technology transfer. The program focus includes the issues of formal GIS education (basic knowledge and theory), provides students with hands-on training and exposure to technology (GIS technical training), provides students with problem-solving skills, and addresses the needs of professionals.

This certificate is for graduate students and professionals with a bachelor's degree and the desire for this additional certification. Prospective students must demonstrate that they have sufficient background in geography, basic statistics and "mapping sciences" to be able to succeed in graduate-level courses in GIScience. This proficiency should include knowledge of map reading, thematic mapping and air photo interpretation at least equivalent to what is provided in GEOG 217 or NRES 312. Proficiency can be demonstrated by completion of previous courses (as evident on transcripts), professional experience, letters of recommendation, or by passing a qualifying examination. If determined necessary by the student's certificate advisory committee, a prospective student may be required to complete GEOG 217, GEOG 312, GEOG 317 or other courses before full admittance to the certificate program.

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Patty Swanson

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Lincoln NE 68583-0921

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A total of 22 graduate-level semester hours and a comprehensive examination are required for completion of the Certificate in GISci. These must include the following unless a student can demonstrate that he/she has previously taken equivalent courses or has professional experience that would provide equivalent training. All courses are 3 credit hours unless noted otherwise.

Core Courses

  • GEOG 812: Introduction to GIS (NRES 812)(4 cr)
  • GEOG 818: Introduction to Remote Sensing (NRES 818)(4 cr)
  • GEOG 827: Introduction to the Global Positioning System (2 cr)
  • GEOG 898: Advanced Special Problems in GIS (1-3 cr)

Elective Courses

  • GEOG 817: Cartography II
  • GEOG 819: Applications of Remote Sensing in Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGRO 819; GEOL 819)
  • GEOG 820: Remote Sensing III (Digital Image Processing)
  • GEOG 822: Advanced Techniques in GIS
  • GEOG 844: Geo-demographic and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • GEOG 922: Seminar in GIS (1-3 cr)
  • CIVE 898: GIS in Water Resources
  • CIVE 972: GIS in Transportation Planning
  • CRPL 830: Planning with GIS
  • CRPL 895: Advanced Spatial Analysis with GIS
  • CRPL 895: GIS Applications in Environmental Design
  • STAT 831: Spatial Statistics

Cost of attendance

Cost differs from one student to another. For details see Tuition, Fees, and Funding or try our Cost Estimator.

More course information

The Course Catalog provides course descriptions and prerequisites, grouped by subject area.

The Schedule of Classes specifies dates, times, locations, and instructors for courses being offered in current and near-future terms.

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