Geographic Information Science Certificate
Department of Geography, College of Arts & Sciences
The mission of the geography graduate program is to provide quality graduate education in physical geography, human geography and spatial analysis (GIS, cartography and remote sensing). The department offers a rich learning environment for students with close interaction between faculty and students, technology-enhanced instruction, and opportunities for fieldwork. Courses enhance student’s perception and appreciation of the earth’s human and physical environments as well as geography’s essential role in both understanding and navigating our increasingly interconnected world. The department, an active participant in its community, has ties throughout the city and state, leading to a wide variety of internship opportunities. The department is committed to providing students with the essential knowledge and skills needed to succeed, be it in professional employment or further graduate education.
Program Contact Information
Christina Dando, PhD, Graduate Program Chair
271 Durham Science Center (DSC)
Rex Cammack, PhD
272 Durham Science Center (DSC)
Application Deadlines (Spring 2024, Summer 2024, and Fall 2024)
- Fall: July 1
- Spring: December 1
- Summer: May 1
- Applicants must have a GPA in geography of at least a 3.0/4.0.
- The student must demonstrate a background in geography, statistics, and computer science.
- Prerequisites would include courses in human and physical geography, statistics, and programming such as the following:
|INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE I
|INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
|INTRODUCTION TO APPLIED PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS
English Language Proficiency: Applicants are required to have a command of oral and written English. Those who do not hold a baccalaureate or other advanced degree from the United States, OR a baccalaureate or other advanced degree from a predetermined country on the waiver list, must meet the minimum language proficiency score requirement in order to be considered for admission.
- Internet-based TOEFL: 80, IELTS: 6.5, PTE: 53, Duolingo: 110
- Only required if not admitted to MS in Geography program
- Two letters of recommendation
- Statement of Purpose
|CARTOGRAPHY AND DATA VISUALIZATION
|GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS I
|GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS II
|Select 6 hours from the following:
|CONSERVATION OF NATURAL RESOURCES
|COMPUTER MAPPING AND VISUALIZATION
|ENVIRONMENTAL REMOTE SENSING
|INTERNSHIP IN ENVIRONMENTAL/REGIONAL PLANNING
Students may substitute advanced courses in GIS for required courses already taken. Students will be allowed a maximum of two substitutions for these required courses. Substitution must be approved by the department GIS advisor.