Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems

Program Description | Admission | Degree Requirements

Program Description

The Department of Geography and Geology at SHSU offers a GIS Graduate Certificate Program developed to provide students with GIS skills required in today's job market. The GIS certificate curriculum is developed with the objective of providing a solid foundation in GIS theories and applications. Students enrolled in the GIS Certificate program at SHSU will learn to use technological tools and skills in their areas of expertise and in several major application areas. This includes use of GIS in infrastructure management, oil and gas industry, public health, planning, and business applications. The curriculum will provide students with hands-on experience in major GIS and remote sensing vendor specific and open source software packages such as ArcGIS,ERDAS IMAGINE, Geoda, and Fusion. Students will learn different spatial data structures and their essential properties; principles and methods for collecting spatial data; principles of map design and effective cartographic communication; methods of spatial analysis, ways spatial data can be used to investigate complex problems; and how to customize GIS software to meet organizational needs. 

The program is intended to serve: 

  • recent graduates who wish to acquire technical expertise to support the knowledge gained in their undergraduate major.
  • returning students who wish to acquire specialized training to meet current or future job requirements.
  • students at the graduate level who wish to demonstrate a level of mastery of the subject area by obtaining a certificate.


Applicants should submit the following directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. Graduate Application
  2. Application fee
  3. Official transcript from the baccalaureate degree granting institution
  4. Resume

The graduate certificate program consists of three core courses and a minimum of two electives.

Students will need to complete a minimum of 15 credits while in the program.

Certificate Requirements

Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems
Course Name Hours
Core Courses (9 credit hours)
GEOG 5361 Geographic Information 3
GEOG 5362 GIS Principles and Application 3
GEOG 5364 Spatial Analysis 3
Electives (6 credit hours) 
Choose two from:
GEOG 5310 GIS Project Management 3
GEOG 5363 Internet GIS 3
GEOG 5365 Digital Image Processing 3
GEOG 5366 Cartography and Visualization 3
GEOG 5367 GIS Programming 3
GEOG 5368 GIS Programming Use and Applications 3
GEOG 5311 GIS and Law Enforcement 3
GEOG 5371 Energy GIS 3
GEOG 5373 Introduction to GPS, LiDAR and Radar 3
GEOG 5374 Advanced GIS Analysis 3
Total  15

The GIS graduate certificate is also offered in coordination with the MS in Geographic Information Systems.


Geography (GEOG)

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