Undergraduate Certificate Program in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and related geo-spatial techniques are fast-growing and increasingly applied to almost all sectors of our society. Examples include environmental mapping, urban planning, and public resource management.
Officially approved by Missouri Department of Higher Education, this transcripted undergraduate certificate program offers GIS-related multidisciplinary courses through several academic programs of the College of Arts & Sciences, such as Geosciences, Urban Planning and Design, Sociology, Economics, and Criminal Justice and Criminology. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for a variety of careers in the rapidly growing job market.
This undergraduate certificate program is open to any degree-seeking undergraduate students at UMKC with appropriate academic backgrounds.
Undergraduate students who want to declare a GIS Undergraduate Certificate are required to be enrolled in a bachelor degree program at UMKC.
For completion of the certificate program, the student is required to finish the coursework of 17-19 credit hours with a 3.0 GPA or higher.
Students who elect to take the GIS Undergraduate Certificate are required to have the GIS Certificate awarded simultaneously with their undergraduate degree.
Required Core Courses:
GEOG 203 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, 4 hours
GEOG 401 Advanced Geographic Information Science, 4 hours
Electives: Select three of the following: 9-10 hours
GEOG 402 Environmental Remote Sensing and Digital Image Analysis, 4 hours
GEOG 404 Biogeography and Landscape Ecology, 3 hours
GEOG 417 Special Topics, 3 hours (with the permission by the program director)
GEOG 444 Spatial Data Analysis, 3 hours
GEOG 448 Satellite Climatology, 4 hours
ECON 411 GIS for Urban Economic Development, 3 hours
UPD 300 Quantitative Planning Methods and Techniques, 3 hours
UPD 400 Advanced GIS for Urban Planning, 3 hours
SOCIOL 434 Spatial Thinking in Social Science, 3 hours
Student Learning Outcomes:
- Students will be able to identify geospatial issues and technical needs in problem-solving in relation to relevant academic disciplines, industrial production, or public services
- Students will be able to design geospatial technical approaches for problem-solving
- Students will be able to analyze geospatial data and produce maps using relevant GIS software
- Students will be able to present geospatial study findings with oral presentation and written reports
The program related information:
- Examples of possible occupations for the certificate graduates:
GIS Technician or Specialist
Assist scientists, technologists, or related professionals in building,
maintaining, modifying, or using geographic information systems (GIS)
- Estimated costs of books and supplies
Estimated costs of books and supplies to complete the program (five courses
with 17-19 credits) are $700. In addition, UMKC’s website maintains the information of updated tuition rates.
- Estimated time duration of program completion
Typically, the student can complete the program with five courses within the
duration of two regular semesters and one summer session OR three regular
Declaration (Enrollment) Process:
To enroll in the program, student must complete a
Declaration of Major Change form and fill in the “Secondary” section of the form and enter GIS Undergraduate Certificate in the “Plan field”. Students must get approval from the Geosciences department (see contacts below) and return the form to the Registration and Records Office for processing.
Dr. Wei "Wayne" Ji
5100 Rockhill Road
Department of Geosciences
College of Arts & Sciences
Kansas City, Missouri 64110