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Geographic Information Sciences

The geography information sciences (GIS) certificate program is designed to meet the needs of both the novice, and experienced GIS professionals. Students who graduate from this program will have a solid understanding of the theoretical basis of GIS and rich hands-on experience with GIS software packages.


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Program Code



1 years

Admission Criteria



Main Campus


McMicken College of Arts and Sciences


401 Braunstein
PO Box 210131
Cincinnati,OH  45221-0131
Professor Lin Liu
Phone: 513-556-3421

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Geographic Information Sciences Certificate Curriculum Guide

Predominant Program

    GIS Certificate Requirements
    • XXXXxxxx, One course from Introduction to GIS group below, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Two courses from the GIS Applications group below, 6
    • GEOGxxxx, One course from Remote Sensing & Cartography group below, 3
    Introduction to GIS
    • GEOG6071C, Introduction to Geographic Information Sciences, 3
    • PLAN2054, Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, TI, 3
    • PLAN6071, Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, 3
    Remote Sensing and Cartography
    • GEOG6074, Computer Analytical Cartography, 3
    • GEOG6076C, Principles of Remote Sensing, 3
    GIS Applications
    • GEOG6021, Crime Mapping and Analysis, 3
    • GEOG6031, GIS and Public Health, 3
    • GEOG6081C, Intermediate GIS, 3
    • GEOG6086C, Intermediate Remote Sensing, 3
    • GEOG6089C, Digital terrain and watershed analysis, 3
    • GEOG6091C, Advanced GIS & Web GIS, 3
    • GEOG6099C, Exploratory Visual Analytics, 3
    • PLAN6091, GIS Project Formulation and Management, 3

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Students in the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.

Admission Requirements

The GIS certificate program is open to both matriculated and non-matriculated students at the University of Cincinnati. Students can start the program in any quarter. The certificate can be granted retroactively; the deadline for application is two years after completion of all required courses. However, students are strongly encouraged to contact an advisor and apply early in the process.


Students already pursuing a degree in any college at UC can add the certificate to their program. Be sure to submit a declaration of the certificate program using our online form.


In addition, you must meet with the program director so that they are aware that you are pursuing the certificate and can advise you appropriately. Do this early enough to avoid delay in obtaining your certificate.


Students not currently pursuing a degree may declare the certificate after establishing non-matriculated status.

Graduation Requirements

Make sure that you have declared the certificate program online. Next, make sure that the certificate program director is aware of when you are finishing the program. If you are pursuing another bachelor's degree, then your certificate will be reviewed at the time that you submit your separate degree application.


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