Geographic Information Systems, Certificate
The undergraduate certificate program in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at Saint Louis University focuses on current issues, including environmental quality, climate change, sustainability of natural and nonrenewable resources, and the impact of human activities on the environment.
Our program highlights include:
- a focus on advanced remote sensing, GIS and geospatial methods
- use of the latest image processing techniques
- coverage of diverse applications in various disciplines
- training with industry-leading hardware and software systems (ArcGIS, ENVI+IDL, SARscape) and Open source platforms (e.g., QGIS, Boundless Desktop)
- late afternoon or evening classes that accommodate working professionals
- instructors with advanced degrees who work and conduct research in the field
- state-of-the-art research labs equipped with modern computing, commercial and open source software tools, various remote sensing sensors, and manned and unmanned aircrafts.
The GIS certificate is an 18-credit program that students can pursue on a full- or part-time basis, usually completing the certificate in less than two years.
Courses cover the latest image processing techniques for optical, thermal, RADAR and LiDAR remote sensing. Students will also explore geospatial methods and principles of spatial analysis, database design, cartographic representation, machine learning, computer vision, management and data-mining with integration of GIS, remote sensing and GPS.
Theory and lectures are supplemented with hands-on projects involving risk assessment and mitigation, environmental modeling, resources exploration, sustainable development, natural resource management and transportation, subterranean mapping and forest fire management.
Graduates have a very good employment outlook. According to the Geospatial Information and Technology Association, employment in this field is growing at an annual rate of almost 35 percent, with the commercial subsection of the market expanding by 100 percent each year.
Recent graduates from this program have been employed by various environmental, remote sensing and GIS companies, including Monsanto, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
Applicants should have a minimum GPA of 3.00.
Students already enrolled in any undergraduate program at Saint Louis University do not need to reapply and should submit an Application for Major.
Other applicants must submit the following:
- GIS Certificate Enrollment Application
- Professional goal statement (500 to 800 words)
Scholarships and Financial Aid
There are two principal ways to help finance a Saint Louis University education:
- Scholarships: awarded based on academic achievement, service, leadership and financial need.
- Financial Aid: provided in the form of grants and loans, some of which require repayment.
For priority consideration for merit-based scholarships, applicants should apply for admission by Dec. 1 and complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1.
For information on other scholarships and financial aid, visit the student financial services office online at http://finaid.slu.edu.
Gainful Employment Disclosure
The U.S. Department of Education requires (per 34 CRF Part 668) that all institutions participating in the federal Title IV student financial assistance programs (Pell Grants, federal student loans, etc.) publicly disclose certain data regarding all academic programs designated as "Gainful Employment" programs per DOE definitions.
|GIS 4010||Introduction to GIS 1||3|
|GIS 4020||Intermediate GIS||3|
|GIS 4040||Introduction to Remote Sensing||3|
|Select three of the following:||9|
|Introduction to Programming for GIS and Remote Sensing|
|Microwave Remote Sensing: SAR Principles, Data Processing and Applications|
|Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar|
|Spatial Demography: Applied Statistics for Spatial Data|
|GIS in Biology|
Students with previous GIS experience or coursework may be allowed to take an advanced elective in place of the required Introduction to GIS course.
Students must have a minimum of a 2.00 GPA in all certificate courses.