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Geographic Information Sciences Certificate (Undergraduate)

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Certified for success.

The undergraduate certificate in geographic information sciences academically trains you to meet the challenges of today’s society by utilizing your knowledge of geography and various technologies to help solve geographical problems. The program offers you the ability to develop your knowledge in either GIS or remotes sensing/cartography to help you get a more specific knowledge base. In addition, the certificate enables you to gain a deeper knowledge of geospatial techniques without having to get a bachelor’s degree.

Geographic information sciences is a 12-credit undergraduate certificate built to teach students to effectively present geographical ideas using various geospatial tools. The certificate enables students to better engage in their field and laboratory experiences by offering content knowledge that benefits the student in one’s career. The skills gained through the coursework integrate students’ knowledge to effectively collect information about the environment, people, and places to be able to analyze, research and synthesize the information for the government and other uses.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Like working with technology.
  • Are a problem solver and analytical thinker.
  • Work well independently and as part of a team.

Career Opportunities

  • Geographic information technician
  • Urban planning
  • Remote sensing technician
  • Land and water management

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The exploratory studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the exploratory studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using their student email and password. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.