Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Certificate


In the last few years, many state agencies have created new positions for people with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) training. Oklahoma agencies that employ persons with GIS certificates include the Conservation Commission, Department of Forestry, Department of Transportation, and Department of Commerce. Native American tribal governments, city planning departments, and regional planning agencies have also created positions for GIS specialists. There is a demand for GIS analysts in federal agencies such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Natural Resource Conservation Service, and the Environmental Protection Agency. In addition, there is a demand for GIS professionals in private industry such as surveying and engineering firms, petroleum and natural gas companies, and utilities such as electrical and gas.

This GIS Certificate requires students to complete 21 credits (seven classes) earning a minimum of a C in every course. Six of the seven classes are required while one course is an elective provided below. All required courses are available online; elective courses may be online, hybrid, or face-to-face.

Course Sequence (required courses)

Spring, even years: 

  • GEOG 4833 - Advanced GIS
  • GEOG 4853 - GIS Automation & Scripting

Fall, even years:  

  • GEOG 3813 - GIS
  • GEOG 4053 - Cartography

Spring, odd years: 

  • GEOG 4803 – Intro to Geospatial Technology
  • GEOG 4873 - GIS Applications

Fall, odd years:  

  • GEOG 3813 - GIS

Possible Electives

  • CS 2014 Computer Science 
  • GEOG 3513 Map & Image Analysis 
  • GEOG 4501 Special Problems 
  • GEOG 4990 Internship

For more information about degree requirements, visit the NSU catalog.

Current students, to enroll in the GIS Certificate program, contact Academic Advising.

Certificate Available at

  • Tahlequah
  • Online

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