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Department of Geography

Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing

Students on Summer 2023, Fall 2023, or Spring 2024 requirements GISRSACRT

Requirements

The certificate requires at least 24 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.
  1. Environmental Remote Sensing. One (1) course:
    • GEOG-G 336 Environmental Remote Sensing
  2. Geographic Information Science. One (1) course:
    • GEOG-G 338 Geographic Information Systems
  3. Advanced course. One (1) course:
    • GEOG-G 436 Advanced Remote Sensing: Digital Image Processing
    • GEOG-G 438 Advanced Geographic Information Systems
  4. Electives. 15 additional credit hours:
    • GEOG-G 237 Mapping our World: From Mercator to Mashups
    • GEOG-G 250 Computing in the Geospatial Sciences
    • GEOG-G 397 Social and Historical Geographic Information Systems
    • GEOG-G 436 Advanced Remote Sensing: Digital Image Processing
    • GEOG-G 438 Advanced Geographic Information Systems
    • GEOG-G 439 GIS and Environmental Analysis
    • GEOG-G 481 Terrestrial Ecosystem Modeling
    • GEOG-G 485 Geospatial Programming
    • GEOG-G 488 Applied Spatial Statistics
    • GEOG-G 489 Geospatial Analysis of Big Data in Python
    • EAS-E 424 Geographic Information Systems Applications in Geology
    • SPEA-E 418 VECTOR-BASED GIS
    • SPEA-E 419 APPLIED REMOTE SENSING OF THE ENVIRONMENT
    • SPEA-V 465 GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS FOR PUBLIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS
  5. Certificate GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.
    1. Certificate GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the certificate—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    2. Certificate Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the certificate.
    3. Certificate Upper Division Credit Hours. At least 9 credit hours in the certificate must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    4. Certificate Residency. At least 9 credit hours in the certificate must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.

Certificate Area Courses

Unless otherwise noted below, the following courses are considered in the academic program and will count toward academic program requirements as appropriate:

  • Any course contained on the course lists for the academic program requirements at the time the course is taken--as well as any other courses that are deemed functionally equivalent--except for those listed only under Addenda Requirements
  • Any course directed to a non-Addenda requirement through an approved exception

This program of study cannot be combined with the following:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Geography (GEOGBA)
  • Bachelor of Science in Geography (GEOGBS)
  • Minor in Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing (GISRSMIN)
  • Minor in Geography (GEOGMIN)

Exceptions to and substitutions for certificate requirements may be made with the approval of the unit's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.