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 (GPC)
271 Durham Science Center (DSC)
- Fall: July 1
- Spring: December 1
- Summer: May 1
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 U.S., OR a baccalaureate or other advanced degree from a pre-determined country on the waiver list, must meet the minimum language proficiency score requirement in order to be considered for admission.
- A minimum TOEFL score of 550 paper-based; 80 internet-based, 53 if Pearson Test of English (PTE), or 6.5 if IELTS is required for this program.
- Only required if not admitted to MA in Geography program
- Two (2) letters of recommendation
- Statement of Purpose
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:
|GEOG 1020||INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN GEOGRAPHY||3|
|MATH 1530||INTRODUCTION TO APPLIED PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS||3|
|CIST 1400||INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE I||3|
|GEOG 8535||CARTOGRAPHY AND GIS||2|
|GEOG 8545||CARTOGRAPHY & GIS LAB||2|
|GEOG 8056||GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS I||4|
|GEOG 8666||GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS II||4|
|Select 6 hours from the following:||6|
|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.