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Geographic Information Systems

Postbaccalaureate Credit Certificate Program

Anthony C. Robinson
2217 Earth and Engineering Sciences Building
University Park, PA 16802
Telephone: 814-867-4638
Fax: 814-863-1564

The Postbaccalaureate Certificate Program in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) helps professionals in a variety of fields become knowledgeable and skillful users of geographic information systems. The program was designed specifically for experienced GIS practitioners who lack formal education in geography and GIS and wish to advance their careers, and for those who seek to make career changes. The program is offered through Penn State World Campus. Students earn the Postbaccalaureat Certificate by completing four instructor-led online courses -- three required and one elective. Students who successfully complete the program earn 11 academic credits (2 credits for the first course, 3 credits each for the other three). Students subsequently admitted to the Department of Geography Master of Geographic Information Systems degree program may count up to 15 credits of certificate program courses toward the MGIS degree.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements are stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin. International applications must satisfy the English proficiency requirement.



  • 482. The Nature of Geographic Information (2)
  • 483. Problem-Solving with GIS (3)
  • 484. GIS Database Development (3)


Choose at least 3 credits from:


  • 485. GIS Programming and Customization (3)
  • 486. Cartography and Visualization (3)
  • 487. Environmental Applications of GIS (3)


Effective Date: Summer Session 2016
Expiration Date: Fall Semester 2021

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2015

Blue Sheet Item #: 40-04-191

Review Date: 01/10/2012


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