Certificate in Geographic Information Science

The GIS Certificate Program is designed to meet the needs of both the novice and experienced GIS professionals. Students who graduate from this program will have a solid understanding of the theoretical basis of GIS and rich hands-on experience with GIS software packages.

The GIS Certificate Program is supported by the Joint Center of Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis (GISSA), which consists of the Department of Geography, the School of Planning, and other participating units of the University of Cincinnati.

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply and demonstrate the principles of geographic information science
  • Formulate requirements and constraints in spatial analysis
  • Complete spatial analysis with selected GIS software packages
  • Develop skills for designing and implementing real-world GIS applications
  • Gain hands-on experience with popular GIS software such as ArcGIS
  • Learn how to communicate effectively via mapping adn graphic presentation


The GIS Certificate Program is open to both matriculated and non-matriculated students at the University of Cincinnati. Students can start the program in any semester. The deadline for application is two years after completion of all required courses. However, students are strongly encouraged to contact an advisor and apply early in the process.

Application Form

GIS Certificate Program

GIS Certificate Program Application Form



To obtain a GIS certificate, a student must complete four required courses, specified below, with a minimum grade of C in each course. The certificate will be awarded upon application and satisfactory completion of the required courses.

  • (1) Remote Sensing and Cartography group (Select 1, Pre-requisite: None)

GEOG6072 Principles and Applications of GPS

GEOG6074 Computer Analytical Cartography

GEOG6076 Principles of Remote Sensing

  • (2) Introduction to GIS group (Select 1, Pre-requisite: None)

PLAN2054 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

PLAN6071 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

GEOG6071 Introduction to Geogaphic Information Sciences

  • (3) GIS Applications Group (Select 2)

PLAN6091 GIS Project Formulation and Management
   Pre-requisite: any 1 course under (2)

GEOG6081 Intermediate GIS
   Pre-requisite: any 1 course under (2)

GEOG6091 Advanced GIS & Web GIS
   Pre-requisite: any 1 course under (2)

GEOG6021 Crime Mapping and Analysis
   Pre-requisite: any 1 course under (2)

GEOG6031 GIS and Public Health
   Pre-requisite: any 1 course under (2)

GEOG6089 Digital Terrain and Watershed Analysis
   Pre-requisite: any 1 course under (2)

GEOG6087 Hyperspectral/Thermal Remote Sensing
   Pre-requisite: GEOG6076

GEOG6096 Advanced Remote Sensing and Image Analysis
   Pre-requisite: any 1 course under (1)

GEOG6099 Exploratory Visual Analytics
   Pre-requisite: any 1 course under (2)

GEOG7091 Seminar: GIS
   Pre-requisite: any 1 course under (2)

All of the above courses are currently offered in the Department of Geography or the School of Planning. Course descriptions are available at geography.uc.edu and daap.uc.edu/planning.


Lower level courses may be replaced by upper level courses upon approval of the advisor. One of the required courses may be substituted by a similar course taken outside the program. A written petition must be submitted to Prof. Liu or Prof. Wang for such substitution, and it must include well-reasoned justifications, including a thorough comparison of content coverage between the two courses, with the syllabi attached. The petition will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


Lin Liu
Geography, Braunstein Hall 400E

Xinhao Wang
Planning, DAAP Building 6217


The cost of courses in this program is in accordance with the university's general tuition rate. Please visit uc.edu for the current tuition rate.

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