Washington University in St. Louis

GIS: Geographic Information Systems


Certificate in Geographic Information Systems

Geographic information systems (GIS) display and manage all types of data over time, usually in the form of maps, charts, and reports, to help analyze patterns and trends.

GIS technology, easily integrated into any organization’s information system, provides a quick and effective method for sharing data visually and solving problems. GIS is widely used in many fields and industries, including environmental science, architecture, engineering, medicine, municipal government, public health, social work, business, and a variety of research enterprises.

The 18-unit Certificate in Geographic Information Systems offered through University College teaches both fundamental and advanced concepts and skills, including design of GIS projects, operation of software, cartographic output, spatial analysis, and industry-specific applications of GIS. The certificate targets working professionals seeking course work and skill enhancement in the field, as well as students wishing to complement their academic interests with additional training in GIS (Request Info).

Required Courses (15 units)

  • Introduction to GIS (U82 200)
  • Spatial Data Modeling and Design (U13 221)
  • Digital Cartography (U69 3003)
  • Advanced Topics in GIS (U82 300)
  • GIS Clinic (U82 422) OR GIS Capstone Experience (U82 450)

Elective Courses (3 units)

  • Business Applications of GIS
  • Public Health Applications of GIS
  • GIS for Engineering Applications
  • Public Sector Applications of GIS (U82 327)

Policies and Procedures

All courses must be completed with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0. All courses must be taken at Washington University in St. Louis.

Admission Requirements

In order to be considered for admission to the Certificate in Geographic Information Systems, you must have already completed at least one college-level English composition course and one other college-level course, each with a grade of B or better. A background in basic statistics is recommended. To apply for admission to the Certificate in Geographic Information Systems, the following items must be submitted with your Application for Admission to a University College Undergraduate Degree or Certificate Program:

  • Certificate in Geographic Information Systems Admission Application Supplement
  • Updated CV or Resume
  • Statement of Academic and Professional Objectives: a 300-word statement summarizing how your professional and educational goals are consistent with the objectives of the Certificate in Geographic Information Systems

All courses may also be taken on a stand-alone basis.
To contact University College, telephone (314) 935-6700, or E-mail ucollege@artsci.wustl.edu.
For information about program cost, length, completion rate, and employment and median debt statistics for students who completed our program, visit ucollege.wustl.edu/cert_titleIV_disclosure.