University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

Geographic Information Systems Certificate

Certificate in GIS Sciences and Technologies

The Certificate in GIS Sciences and Technologies, jointly offered by the departments of Geography and Forest Management, is aimed at present or future professionals or scientists who require skills in GIS technologies. The purpose of this program is to provide undergraduate students or individuals possessing an undergraduate degree with the training, knowledge, and understanding necessary to acquire, process, analyze, and properly display digital geographic data.

Special Requirements for the Certificate

To earn a certificate in GIS Sciences and Technologies, students must either complete or have completed an undergraduate degree and complete a minimum of 18 semester credit hours of course work, including 9 to 10 required credits and 8 to 9 elective credits as described below. Students must achieve at least an overall grade point average of 3.0 for courses within the program in order to earn a certificate. The certificate will be awarded upon the successful completion of all of the requirements of the certificate and the undergraduate degree.

Post-secondary Certificate - Geographic Information Systems


Required GIS Core Courses9-10
Advanced Elective Courses8-9
Total Hours17-19

Degree Specific Credits: 17-19

Required Cumulative GPA: 3.0

Required GIS Core Courses

Rule: Complete each of the following subcategories. 9-10 total credits required.

Introduction to GIS

Complete one of the following courses:3
Intro to GIS for Forest Mgt
Intro to GIS and Cartography
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Photogrammetry/Remote Sensing

Complete one of the following courses:3-4
Env Remote Sensing
Remote Sensing/Raster GIS
and Cartography/GIS Laboratory
Total Hours3-4

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Additional Required Courses

Complete one of the following courses:3
Forestry Apps of GIS
Applications of GIS
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Elective Courses

Complete 8-9 credits of the following courses:8-9
GIS in Archaeology
Data Visualization
Sampling Methods
Digital Image Processing
Field Techniques
Community & Regional Analysis
and Planning & Analysis Laboratory
UAV Remote Sensing for Field Ecology
Advanced Cartographic Design
Internet GIS
Transport, Planning & GIS
and Cartography/GIS Laboratory
Planning Design
Seminar GIS & Cartography
Image Analysis & Modeling
and Cartography/GIS Laboratory
Spatial Analysis and Modeling
and Cartography/GIS Laboratory
Wildlife Habitat Modeling

Minimum Required Grade: C-