The Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science (GIScience) is designed to provide students with training in geospatial techniques and technology in fields utilizing locational data. The certificate will better prepare students for employment in fields requiring knowledge in geographic information processing, analysis, and display using industry standard software and methodology.

Courses You Will Take

For the Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Sciences, students select 15 hours (usually 5 classes) from the following list of classes:

  • Geography 540: Cartography and Visualization of Spatial Data (3)
  • Geography 543: Advanced Remote Sensing (3)
  • Geography 544: Advanced GIS Analysis (3)
  • Geography 545: GIS Applications Design and Development (3)
  • Geography 548: GIS System Design (3)
  • Geography 635: Special Topics in Remote Sensing (3)
  • Geography 690: Professional Internship (1-3)

Students should consult the department for course availability and the graduate school catalog for course prerequisites and restrictions.

Take the Next Step

You need to apply to and meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School to be accepted into the graduate certificate program. In addition, students should send a statement of interest letter to the Graduate Program Director of the Department of Geography detailing your academic and intellectual biography and purpose in seeking a graduate certificate. Unlike the Master’s degree program, the certificate program does not have any additional admission requirements.


Because you will be taking courses with Ball State students who are pursuing their master's degrees, our certificate programs are an excellent opportunity to decide if you are ready for a graduate degree. All graduate courses in the certificate programs can be applied to the Master of Science in Geography or may be used as electives (upon departmental approval) for other graduate degree programs.