Geospatial Science Graduate Certificate

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Geospatial Science Graduate Certificate

When combined with a Carsey School master's degree program, the Geospatial Science Graduate Certificate program expands student career pathways in the field of geospatial science to include a foundation in the collection, management, analysis and visualization of spatial data related to the earth’s surface.

Through the Geospatial Science Graduate Certificate, you will learn about geographic information systems (GIS) technologies and gain expertise in areas such as earth science, remote sensing, sociology, geography, municipal applications, civil engineering and natural resources. 

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Curriculum & Requirements

1 Core Required Courses:
  • GSS 800 ~ Elements of Geospatial Science
1 Required Course Chosen from Geographic Information Systems Courses:
  • GSS 805 ~ Applied Geographic Information Systems for Research
  • GSS 807/ESCI 895 ~ GIS for Earth and Environmental Science
  • GSS 809/ESCI 896 ~ GIS for Water Resources
  • NR 860 ~ Geographic Information Systems in Natural Resources1
1 Required Course Chosen from Data Analysis Courses:
  • BIOL 811 ~ Experimental Design & Analysis
  • ESCI 896 ~ Topics (Time Series Analysis)
  • MATH 836 ~ Advanced Statistical Methods for Research
  • MATH 839 ~ Applied Regression Analysis
  • MATH 944 ~ Spatial Statistics2
  • SOC 901 ~ Sociological Methods I: Intermediate Social Statistics
2 Electives (chosen from this list):
  • GSS 817/ESCI 896 ~ Remote Sensing for Earth and Environmental Science
  • GSS 896 ~ Special Topics (Crowd Source Mapping)
  • MATH 831 ~ Mathematics for Geodesy
  • NR 857 ~ Remote Sensing of the Environment
  • NR 859 ~ Digital Image Processing for Natural Resources1
  • NR 882 ~ Forest Health
  • NR 912 ~ Sampling Techniques
  • OE/ESCI 871 ~ Geodesy and Positioning for Ocean Mapping
  • SOC 897 ~ Special Topics (Sociological Methods – Survey Research)

1. Prerequisite needed.
2. MATH 944 ~ Spatial Statistics may be taken as an elective if not used to fulfill the Data Analysis Core requirement.

The five graduate certificate courses will replace degree requirements in your master's program as follows:
  • SOC 901 should be chosen as the Certificate's Data Analysis course and will be substituted for MPA's PA 805-Introduction to Statistical Analysis course, fulfilling 1 of 3 Advanced Core Courses required in the MPA program.
  • The four remaining Geospatial Science Graduate Certificate courses will be substituted for 4 of the 5 required Elective MPA courses.
  • SOC 901 should be chosen as the Certificate's Data Analysis course and will be substituted for MPP's PPOL 908-Quantitative Methods for Policy Research course, fulfilling 1 of 5 Core Curriculum Courses required in the MPP program.
  • The 4 remaining Geospatial Science Graduate Certificate courses will fulfill all 4 Elective courses required in the MPP program unless Certificate Elective course(s) include qualifying data analysis curriculum content enabling them to be substituted for course(s) in the MPP's Policy Analysis Track.

For details and to apply for the Geospatial Science Graduate Certificate, visit the Geospatial Science Graduate Certificate webpage.