Project Description


Overview | Curriculum | Careers

Florida Atlantic University offers a quality online Geographic Information Science education. The online certificate program is designed for both beginners looking to begin a career in GIS and professionals looking to increase their skills, knowledge, and career advancement. The undergraduate program provides students with an understanding of programming and spatial data analysis through two required courses as well as expand their expertise in one additional applied area of Geographic Information Science.

Online Curriculum:

The Department of Geosciences offers undergraduates an Advanced Certificate in Geographic Information Systems. Departmental majors or other students who complete the programs with a grade of “C” or better in each course are entitled to the GIS Certificate. Students should consult with their departmental advisor or another faculty member about registration for this program. Students may use these courses in the completion of a major.

Core Courses
Take both of the following required courses:

Course # Course Title Credits
GIS 4102C Programming in GIS 3
GEO 4167C Spatial Data Analysis 3

Core Electives:
Choose one of the following applied courses:

Course # Course Title Credits
GIS 4118C  Geospatial Databases 3

(This course is the only elective available as a fully online course. Upon approval from an advisor in the Geosciences department, other GIS classes completed at FAU may be substituted.)

Florida Atlantic University online advanced GIS certificate can help you start or advance your career in:

Urban and Regional Planning:

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Scientific researchers
  • Managers
  • Technical consultants
  • Local government officials
  • GIS analysts

Environmental Resource Management:

  • Environmental scientists
  • Specialists
  • Health specialists

Surveying and Cartography:

  • Surveyors
  • Cartographers
  • Photogrammetrists
  • Mapping technicians

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We understand that there is more involved to being a student than just completing a class. The Center for eLearning at Florida Atlantic University offers a full range of support services to help our students be successful, such as online tutoring, career services, library services and disability access.


Degree Details
College College of Science
Degree type Certificate
Degree level Undergraduate
*Cost per credit
- In State (FL) $201.29
- Out of State (FL) $719.84
Credits needed to graduate 9
* cost per credit and total cost are calculated using tuition per credit and associated fees for the current academic year. It does not include course materials, textbook expenses, and other potential expenses related to individual courses. See academic calendar for our quarter term schedule.
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