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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Certificate

Upper Iowa University offers a variety of certificate programs designed to provide students an additional method to learn new skills in a specific area. These certificate programs provide an opportunity for you to gain experience in a specific area by successfully completing a cluster of college credit classes. You may also choose to use the courses as part of a degree program.

Certificate courses for credit:

To pursue a certificate you must complete an application for admission as a non-degree seeking student.

Acceptance into a UIU Certificate Program:

  • Students with no college experience must submit an Official High School Transcript or GED.
  • Students with previous college experience must submit a copy of their Official High School Transcript/Diploma or GED, and copies of any previous college transcripts.

Students accepted into a UIU Certificate Program do not qualify for Federal/State/Institutional Aid. Acceptance into a UIU Certificate Program does not guarantee admission into an Associate’s, Bachelor’s, or Master’s Degree Program.

Current degree-seeking UIU students

Students may seek a certificate while working on their degree program. Your academic advisor can assist in coordinating certificate courses as part of your degree program. No additional application or paperwork is necessary to begin working on your certificate. Upon successful completion of all required courses in the certificate, a Certificate Claim Form must be completed. There is a certificate claim fee of $30. Certificates are awarded on the same dates as the established graduation dates published by the Registrar’s Office (see page 15). Certificate completion will not be posted on the transcript.

Financial aid is only available to students who are degree-seeking with UIU and have gone through the standard application and award process. Financial aid is not available to non-degree seeking students pursuing certificates. Certificate courses must also apply to degree requirements to be eligible towards financial aid hours.

As with other course preparation, prerequisite courses represent foundational knowledge the student needs to be most successful. Your academic advisor can assist in the selection of the most appropriate sequence of courses to match your academic preparation.

Upper Iowa University will accept transfer credit towards the certificate, including courses taken at other accredited colleges/ universities (see page 20), experiential learning portfolio credit through UIU, and CLEP (see policies listed on page 21). The amount transferred and applied to the certificate will not exceed nine of the 15 credits (15/16 for GIS) required. A minimum of six semester credits through Upper Iowa University must be completed to earn an Upper Iowa University certificate. If transfer credit is being used for the certificate, an official transcript must be provided.

Curriculum (15 or 16 credits)

Select one of the following:

  • GEOG 200 World Regional Geography AND GEOG 258 Geography and GIS Lab
  • OR GEOG 311 Cartography

Select one of the following options:

Option 1:

  • GEOG 358 Introduction to GIS
  • GEOG 428 Remote Sensing
  • GEOG 458 Intermediate GIS

Option 2:

  • GEOG 356 GIS I with Lab
  • GEOG 386 GIS II with Lab
  • GEOG 426 Principles of Remote Sensing with Lab
  • GEOG 456 GIS III with Lab 

A certificate in Geographic Information Systems is offered at the following Upper Iowa University location:

  • Residential Fayette campus
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