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Online - GIS Certificate

Graduate Program Description

Utah State University’s online Geographic Information Science (GIS) certificate is designed for graduate students or professionals wanting skills and experience applying industry standard GIS and remote sensing tools to natural resource issues.


Students who complete the program will receive a graduate-level certificate in Geographic Information Science. Their USU transcript will list the courses and grades received to complete the program. The certificate is complementary to a wide variety of graduate programs, and is available as a standalone certificate.

Admission Requirements

To apply for admittance to the program, a person must complete and submit a GIS Certificate Program application, as well as provide a transcript documenting the completion of a bachelor’s degree. Students pursuing the GIS Certificate are not required to be enrolled in a graduate degree program. However, credits obtained from the certificate may be applied toward a graduate degree.

Apply Here

Applying for the program is a two-step process.  FIrst, students need to apply as a  "non-degree seeking" student and then submit the GIS Certificate Program application.  Please contact Melanie Conrad if you have any questions.


Director: Chris Luecke

Program Administrator: Melanie Conrad

Location: Natural Resources 122

Phone: (435) 797-3375


Course Requirements

To receive the Certificate, a participant must complete the following set of requirements:

  • Apply and be accepted into the GIS Certificate Program
  • Register for and successfully complete four graduate-level courses
  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA for program courses (grades below C will not be accepted)
  • Abide by the Code of Policies and Procedures for Students at Utah State University.

GIS Certificate Program Courses

Students must complete four courses (3 credits each) in order to fulfill the requirements for the GIS Certificate. Each course is offered online.

  • NR 6910 – Geographic Information Systems for Natural Resource Applications
  • NR 6930 – Advanced Geographic Information Systems
  • NR 6940 – Principles of Remote Sensing for Natural Resources
  • NR 6950 – Geospatial Analysis

Students may take the following on-campus courses to use as substitutes:

  • WATS 6920 – Adv. GIS & Spatial Analysis
  • WILD 6740 – Physical Processes in Remote Sensing OR
  • WILD 6750 – Applied Remote Sensing