Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and related geospatial techniques are fast-growing and increasingly applied to almost all sectors of our society. Examples include environmental mapping, urban planning, and public resource management. This Missouri State-approved, transcripted undergraduate certificate program offers GIS-related multidisciplinary courses through several academic programs of the College of Arts & Sciences, such as Geosciences, Urban Planning and Design, Sociology, Economics, and Criminal Justice and Criminology. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for a variety of careers in the rapidly growing job market.

This undergraduate certificate program is open to any degree-seeking undergraduate students at UMKC with appropriate academic backgrounds.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Identify geospatial issues and technical needs in problem-solving in relation to relevant academic disciplines, industrial production, or public services
  • Design geospatial technical approaches for problem-solving
  • analyze geospatial data and produce maps using relevant GIS software
  • Present geospatial study findings with oral presentation and written reports

For completion of the certificate program, the student is required to finish the coursework of 17-18 credit hours with a 3.0 GPA or higher.

GEOG 203Introduction to Geographic Information Systems4
GEOG 401Advanced Geographic Information Science4
Electives
Select three of the following:9-10
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Urban Economic Development
Environmental Remote Sensing and Digital Image Analysis
Biogeography and Landscape Ecology
Special Topics
Spatial Data Analysis
Satellite Climatology
Spatial Thinking in Social Science
Quantitative Planning Methods And Techniques
Advanced GIS For Urban Planning
Total Credits17-18