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

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.

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 21 credits in undergraduate geography coursework.


Total: 21

  • Required Courses: 12
  • Elective Courses: 9


  • GEOG 240 Map Reading and Graphics
  • GEOG 265 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • GEOG 340 Cartography and Visualization of Spatial Data
  • GEOG 342 Introduction to Remote Sensing
  • GEOG 343 Advanced Remote Sensing
  • GEOG 344 Advanced Geographic Information Systems Analysis
  • GEOG 443 Seminar in Advanced Techniques in Remote Sensing
  • GEOG 444 Advanced Cartography and Visualization of Spatial Data
  • 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?

GIS skills are in high demand in today’s job market. With this certificate, you’ll be better equipped to find work in industries or fields that require GIS-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.