Geographic Information Systems Undergraduate Certificate

The Undergraduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems introduces students to broad concepts, technologies, tools, and techniques related to the gathering and sharing of geographic data across various disciplines.  Students will learn how to acquire geographic information from a variety of sources; manage, interpret, and present geospatial data for a given purpose; and how to use geographic information system (GIS) software for storage, manipulation, and analysis of geospatial data.

SOC 2501Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Sciences3
SOC 4501Advanced Geographic Information Systems and Sciences3
CMP SCI 3990Undergraduate Internship 1
Choose one course from the following list of methods/visualization electives3
Introduction to Geography (MOTR GEOG 101)
Topics in Information Literacy 2,3
Data Visualization for Business Applications 2
Political Parties and Elections 2
Introduction to Data Visualization 2
Social Mapping for Change
Data Programming
MATH 4360
MATH 4370
Introduction to Digital Image Processing and Computer Vision 2
Choose one course from the following list of broadening electives3
World Regions (MOTR GEOG 101)
Cultural Geography
Inquiries in the Fine and Performing Arts 3
Inquiries In Mathematics And Computing 2,3
The Geography of Governance 2
Inquiries in U.S. History 2,3
Geospatial Analysis in the Social Sciences 2
Python for Scientific Computing and Data Science 2
Topics in Logic 2,3
Poverty, Human Rights, and Social Justice 2
Sustainability Management 2
Total Hours13

Other UMSL courses and courses from other UM campuses, through ICCS or other formats, may be included as electives with prior approval of the program coordinator.


Must be approved by the program coordinator


This course has departmental prerequisites, please consult an advisor for more information


Only specific section offerings (those with formalized GIS content) may count toward certificate and must be approved by program director