Certificate in Geographic Information Science

Compass in a handThis certificate program in the Department of Geography at Western Michigan University is designed for post-baccalaureate students in social and physical sciences, public administration, information technology, engineering, business and other disciplines where skills in handling and analyzing geographically distributed data are needed.

The program provides a strong framework for developing competencies in geographic information systems, remote sensing and spatial analysis. Students completing the program will be able to:

  • Analyze and interpret patterns and trends in spatial data to aid decision making.
  • Collect, assemble, organize and manipulate spatial data using geographic information system software.
  • Use Geographic Information Science and image analysis software to model, design and analyze geographic problems and produce professional cartographic products such as maps and charts to aid solutions of those problems.


Follow the admission instructions for the Master of Science in geography.

Program requirements

See the WMU catalog for course requirements.

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