GIS Certificate Overview

Program Overview

Lamar University offers the region's first complete certificate program in Geographic Information Systems. The Department of Earth and Space Sciences offer a GIS Certificate for undergraduate, graduate students and professionals.

GIS offers an integral aspect for supporting decision making in a variety of fields, such as physical and environmental sciences, urban planning and management, political science, civil engineering, economy/business, education administration, real estate, public health and health care.

The goal of the program is to ensure that you become sufficiently grounded in the concepts behind GIS, including organization, management and visualization of geospatial data. You will have the opportunity to gain valuable GIS knowledge and skills that can be applied to careers in both academia and industry. GIS certificates will provide Lamar University's students and professionals additional future career opportunities. The GIS certificate is a 15-hour program administered by the Department of Earth and Space Sciences.

Careers

  • Locate your dream job as Geoscientist, Geospatial Analyst, GIS Analyst, GIS Data Manager, GIS Developer, GIS Specialist, GIS Technician and Project Manager.
  • The geospatial market is growing at an annual rate of nearly 35%, with commercial ventures increasing at a rate of 100% each year. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the median wages for a Geographic Information Systems Technicians, Scientists or Technologists are $86,510 per year nationwide.

Admission

  • Undergraduate & Graduate Students GIS Certificate Program
    There are no requirements for Lamar students. No prior knowledge of GIS is required.

  • GIS Certificate for Professionals
    This program is intended to function as means for graduate certification, so the minimum requirements for admission are a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.

Coursework

Coursework consists of three core courses, and two elective courses.

Required Courses

Course #

Course Name

Level

Semester

GEOL 3311

Fundamentals of GIS

Undergraduate

Fall/Spring

GEOL 5311

Fundamentals of GIS

Graduate

Fall/Spring

GEOL 3312

Advanced GIS

Undergraduate

Fall/Spring

GEOL 5312

Advanced GIS

Graduate

Fall/Spring

GEOL 3315

Fundamentals of Remote Sensing

Undergraduate

Fall

GEOL 5315

Fundamentals of Remote Sensing

Graduate

Fall

Elective Courses

GEOL 4313

GIS Research Project

Undergraduate

Fall/Spring

GEOL 5313

GIS Research Project

Graduate

Fall/Spring

GEOL 4316

Remote Sensing for Environmental Analysis

Undergraduate

Spring

GEOL 5316

Remote Sensing for Environmental Analysis

Graduate

Spring

GEOL 3303

GPS Methods and Apps

Undergraduate

Fall

GEOL 5303

GPS Methods and Apps

Graduate

Fall

CPSC 4335

Image Processing

Undergraduate

Spring/Summer

COSC 4334

Computer Vision

Undergraduate

Spring/Summer

COSC 5311

Advanced Data Mining

Graduate

Fall

COSC 5340

Advanced Data Science and Big Data Analysis

Graduate

Spring

CVEN 2370

CAD & Surveying

Undergraduate

Spring

CVEN 5370

GIS Apps in Engineering

Graduate

Spring