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Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

The graduate certificate in Geographical Information Systems provide students with knowledge and experience to compete and work in the field of GIS both in public and private sector. The combination of courses focus on the acquisition, storing, visualization, modeling, and analysis of information on spatial phenomena with some emphasis on geospatial applications.

Required Courses

The certificate requires five courses total of 15 credit hours from the following courses:

Section A - Core Courses: total 9 credit hours

  • GEOL 6388: Introduction to GIS - 3
  • GEOL 6325: Remote Sensing - 3
  • GEOL 6326: Satellite Positioning and Geodesy - 3

Section B - Electives, 6 credit hours from the following:

  • GEOL 6324: Geosciences Applications of GPS and LIDAR - 3
  • GEOL 6389: Advanced GIS for Geologists - 3
  • CIVE 7397: Satellite Altimetry and Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar
  • CIVE 7397: LiDAR Systems and Applications - 3
  • PUBL 6343: GIS for Urban Applications -3

Admission Requirements

Students seeking this certificate must have an undergraduate degree in science or engineering and have graduate or post baccalaureate status at the University of Houston. Well qualified candidates in other field may be approved by GIS advisor.

New students need to apply. An official transcript is required showing the degree earned from your former institution(s). 

For more information contact:

Dr. Shuhab D. Khan, Associate Professor
Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
University of Houston