Dec 09, 2023  
2023-2024 EIU Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 EIU Graduate Catalog

Geology/Geography: Certificate in Geographic Information Sciences

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Purpose of the Program:The mission of the GISci Certificate Program is to provide individuals who hold a Bachelor’s degree in disciplines in which GIS is widely used, such as geography, the environmental life sciences, history and economics, with the requisite knowledge base to be proficient in GISci. Specifically, the certificate will allow individuals to be competitive in both the job market as well as in admission to higher‐level degree programs. Students may choose to earn the certificate online or on-campus.

Admission Requirements: To be eligible for admission to the GISci Certificate Program, applicants must meet all of the requirements for admission to the Graduate School (see “Admission to Graduate Degree and Certificate Programs”) and the PSM in Geographic Information Sciences.

Degree Audit: The graduate plan of study is the EIU Degree Audit, which is generated automatically at the time of degree or certificate candidacy. Modifications of the standard EIU Degree Audit are submitted by the graduate coordinator to the certification officer in the Graduate School at the time modifications are approved. The Degree Audit serves as an unofficial summary of requirements for the program. Degree and certificate candidates are advised to review the comprehensive summary of the Degree Audit process specified on the “Requirements for All Degree and Certificate Candidates” section of the Graduate Catalog. Individual programs may require candidates to submit plans of study in addition to the Degree Audit, candidates should consult with the program coordinator.

Course/Curriculum Requirements

The GiSci Certificate requires 18 semester hours of study including both required and elective courses.  Specific requirements are as follows:

Required Courses

Students must complete the following core courses. Credits: 6

Elective Courses

Students must complete 12 hours in the following elective courses to fulfill credit requirements. Credits: 12

Maximum of 6 credits at the 4750-4999 level will apply.

Substitution for Equivalent Courses

If students have equivalent courses from their undergraduate degree programs, alternative GISci courses may be taken instead upon approval of the GISci graduate coordinator.

Courses Applicable Toward a Specific Concurrent or Future Degree Program

Courses in this program may be counted toward an MS in Biological Sciences, PSM in Geographic Information Sciences, or the MA in Economics with permission of the graduate student’s committee.

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