The undergraduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science requires a minimum of 18 s.h. of credit, including at least 12 s.h. earned at the University of Iowa. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in work for the certificate. Courses taken pass/nonpass do not count toward the certificate. The certificate may be earned by any student admitted to the University of Iowa who is not concurrently enrolled in a UI graduate or professional degree program.

Geographic information systems (GIS) and the digital spatial data that they contain inform major decisions on how natural resources are managed, how smart cities are built, how communities respond to natural disasters, and how the spread of disease is detected. These same systems and data guide such everyday tasks as deciding one's driving route, finding family and friends using a phone, or figuring out when the bus arrives. Geographic information science (GIScience) has emerged as a field of study focused on fundamental questions about how to acquire, store, manage, analyze and visualize geographic information using computers.

The Certificate in Geographic Information Science is designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed to work with geographic information and prepare individuals to work in this growing profession. The certificate course work helps build a knowledgeable geospatial workforce that understands how to use GIScience properly and applies this understanding to improve transportation systems, improve water quality, or make companies more productive.

Students who major in geography (geographic information science track) or who earn a minor in geographic information science cannot earn the Certificate in Geographic Information Science.

Certificate students may count a total of 6 s.h. of credit earned for other majors, minors, or certificates toward the Certificate in Geographic Information Science with approval from their advisors.

Students who are interested in a specialization in geographic information systems, in remote sensing, or those who seek a more general background may want to select certain options when they plan their certificate course work. For more information, contact the Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences

Students must complete all of a course's prerequisites before they register for the course.

The Certificate in Geographic Information Science requires the following course work.

Core Courses
All of these:
GEOG:1030Our Digital Earth3
or GEOG:1050 Foundations of GIS
GEOG:1065Introduction to Spatial Analysis: Patterns and Processes3
GEOG:3540Introduction to Geographic Visualization3
Geographic Analysis Electives
Two of these:
GEOG:3500Introduction to Environmental Remote Sensing3
GEOG:3520GIS for Environmental Studies3
GEOG:3570Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR): Principles and Applications3
GEOG:4020Field Methods: Mapping and Mobile Computing3
GEOG:4580Introduction to Geographic Databases3
Capstone Course
One of these:
GEOG:4150Health and Environment: GIS Applications3
GEOG:4500Applications in Environmental Remote Sensing4
GEOG:4520GIS for Environmental Studies: Applications3
An independent project or internship (consult advisor)3