Certificate in Applied GIS

The certificate is designed to provide students and members of the professional community with Geographic Information Systems skills. At all levels of the program, training focuses on the application of GIS skills in the workplace and in research environments. The certificate is open to undergraduates and graduates interested in developing GIS applications in their fields, those already holding degrees who are interested in developing GIS skills to apply to their own areas of expertise, professionals interested in adding GIS to their lexicon of skills, or retooling for a career change.

This certificate consists of three required courses and two electives, totaling a minimum of 17 undergraduate or 15 graduate credit hours. All courses will be taught at USM. Some courses may be transferred from other campuses within the University of Maine system, as appropriate. Contact the director of USM GIS for details. One course may be transferred from colleges outside the University of Maine System, on a case by case basis and as approved by USM faculty teaching that course. 

In cases where students have already completed the listed course and with prior approval, alternate courses may be substituted for both requirements and electives to make up the minimum count of 17 undergraduate or 15 graduate credits. There is a minimum residency requirement of 3 courses or 9 credit hours and one of these courses must be GEO 438/638. Students must complete all courses with a C- or better. Geography-anthropology majors may use only one course in the certificate toward their major requirements. Majors in other programs should discuss similar restrictions with their advisors.

Required courses:

  • GEO 308/GEO 608
  • GEO 408/GEO 618
  • GEO 458/GEO 658.

Electives

Take at least two of the following for a minimum of 17 undergraduate or 15 graduate credit hours): COS 160 (3 cr.) and COS 170 (1 cr.), CPD 625, GEO 305/GEO 605, GEO 340/GEY 340, GEO 438/638, or GEO 448/648 or combination of both for total of 3 credits.