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Equip yourself with in-demand skills in geographic information systems (GISc).

Our undergraduate certificate in geographic information science is a great way to complement a degree you’re already working on or competitively reposition yourself in the job market. This certificate is offered both online and in person.

online certificate requirements

What You Will Learn

This program will give you the opportunity to study topics like remote sensing, cartography, GIS system design, and more. You’ll be prepared for employment in fields that require knowledge using industry standard methodology and software in:

  • analysis
  • display
  • geographic information processing

Program Requirements

This program consists of 15 credits in undergraduate geography coursework.


Total: 15

  • Required Courses: 12
  • Elective Courses: 3


  • GEOG 265 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • GEOG 433 Cartography and Visualization of Spatial Data
  • GEOG 436 Introduction to Remote Sensing
  • GEOG 438 Advanced Geographic Information Systems Analysis
  • GEOG 434 Maps, Environment, and Society
  • GEOG 437 Advanced Remote Sensing
  • GEOG 445 Geographic Information Systems Applications Design and Development
  • GEOG 448 Geographic Information Systems Design

For a complete list of all courses and their descriptions, please see our Course Catalog.

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What Can You Do with an Undergraduate Certificate in GIScience?

Skills in GIS, remote sensing analysis, and map literacy are in high demand in today's job market. With the certificate, you'll be better equipped to find work in industries or fields that require GIScience-related skills, whether jobs in geography or jobs peripheral to it.

Some jobs that may leverage GIS include:

Paying for Your Education

Apply to Ball State

Admission to Ball State is selective, and we carefully evaluate all applications on an individual basis. Applying is easy. Use our convenient, comprehensive, and secure online application.

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One of the best ways to understand why Ball State stands out is to come see it for yourself. You can schedule a visit through our Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Make sure to tell them you’re interested in our program. Or if you’d like to speak with someone in our department directly by phone or email, please contact us.

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