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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 12 academic credits. 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, subject to restrictions outlined in the Transfer of Nondegree and Certificate Graduate Credits. Certificate students who wish to have certificate courses applied towards a graduate degree in Geographic Information Systems must apply and
be admitted to that degree program. Admission to the Geographic Information Systems graduate degree program is a separate step and is not guaranteed.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must apply for admission to the certificate program via the Graduate School application for admission. Admission requirements are stated in the  GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin. International applicants must satisfy the English proficiency requirement.



  • 482. Making Maps That Matter with GIS (3)
  • 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: Fall 2017
Expiration Date: Fall 2022

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2017


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