Geographic Information Science (GIS) - Cert

S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources

About This Certificate

Utah State University’s online Geographic Information Science (GIS) certificate is designed for graduate students or professionals wanting skills and experience applying industry standard GIS and remote sensing tools to natural resource issues.

Students who complete the program will receive a graduate-level certificate in Geographic Information Science. Their USU transcript will list the courses and grades received to complete the program. The certificate is complementary to a wide variety of graduate programs, and is available as a standalone certificate. However, credits obtained from the certificate may be applied toward a graduate degree.

Career And Outcomes

Career Opportunities

With a GIS certificate, students may pursue the following careers:

  • GIS Systems Analyst
  • Remote Sensing Specialist
  • Geospatial Analyst/Programmer
  • Operations GIS Analyst
  • Geospatial Technician

Job Outlook



We will build on your goals and experiences while working together to design an individualized semester-by-semester plan. Your personalized plan will help you see a path from where you are now on to graduation. Even if you are unsure of the major you would like to pursue, we can help with resources and ideas.

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USU Locations


*This degree is available at various USU locations.

**This degree is 100% available online. USU is a SARA-approved institution offering fully online programs nationwide; please visit USU's state authorizations for details.


Admission Requirements

For admission to the program please follow the instructions below:

Go to  Choose the Graduate Application and then choose the GIS Certificate.

Applicant must provide an official transcript showing they've been awarded a bachelor's degree or higher.  Please send official transcripts to the following address:  0900 Old Main Hill, Logan UT 84322-0900.  Official electronic transcripts may be sent to from the institution.  (If you've attended USU, we will obtain your transcripts.)

Email Dominique Shore to waive $30 of the application fee.

Application fee will be $25.00

Program Requirements

To receive the Certificate, a participant must complete the following set of requirements:

  • Apply and be accepted into the GIS Certificate Program
  • Register for and successfully complete four graduate-level courses
  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA for program courses (grades below B- will not be accepted)
  • Abide by the Code of Policies and Procedures for Students at Utah State University.

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