Geographic Information Science Certificate

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Examine economic, environmental, physical, and social phenomena related to geospatial science with a geographic information science certificate from Indiana State.

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Program Availability

The Geographic Information Science Certificate program is open to currently enrolled students who wish to increase their employability. The program is especially suited for students in the Department of Earth and Environmental Systems, and for those interested in learning more about geospatial technologies, remote sensing, and related topics in field geography. Students should consult with their advisors before enrolling in courses to ensure suitability and to plan their program of study.

This geographic information science certificate program is also open to working professionals. For application instructions, visit Admissions.

Program Highlights

Students in the Geographic Information Science Certificate program focus their studies on geographic information science, the research field used to redefine geographic concepts and how they impact individuals and societies. Many courses are hands-on with laboratory work, and students conduct research in the economic, environmental, physical, and social phenomena related to geoscience fields.


The Geographic Information Science Certificate program consists of six required credits with an additional nine credits in elective courses. Courses introduce students to geospatial technologies and automated cartography. In the elective courses, students may choose between the following topics:

  • Fundamentals of Remote Sensing
  • Close Range Remote Sensing
  • Remote Sensing: Introductory Digital Image Processing
  • Remote Sensing: Advanced Digital Image Processing
  • Topics in Geospatial Technology
  • Geoprocessing
  • Field Geography of the United States



Transfer Credit

Indiana State University accepts credit from regionally accredited colleges and universities within the United States, and from selected schools located outside the United States. Credit also may be granted for military training and experience. Previously earned college credit can be applied toward completion of the program per these transfer guidelines.

Career Possibilities

Successful completion of the Geographic Information Science Certificate program prepares students for fascinating careers in geography, geoscience, and related fields. Many students pursue careers as geographers, surveyors, mapping technicians, cartographers, and other professionals. Students also are prepared for graduate programs in geography fields.


Indiana State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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