Initial Publication Date: June 11, 2015

GIS Certificate, University of West Florida

Information for this profile was provided by Matthew Schwartz in 2009. Information is also available on the program website. University of West Florida is a university with graduate programs, primarily masters programs .

Program Design & Assessment


The GIS Certificate program is offered as a separate entity to the BS and MS degree programs. Three of its seven component courses are also required of all Environmental Studies BS students; however, the certificate can be obtained separate from the BS and MS degrees. This certificate program runs parallel to our BS degree program in Environmental Studies, which is divided into three tracks (Natural Science, Geography, and Environmental Policy).

Strengths of this program

This certificate curriculum provides students with a definable, job-related skill that can also contribute substantively to academic efforts (e.g., Master's theses).

Types of students served

Program Goals

The goals of this program are as follows:

To provide students with GIS skills for professional and academic applications.

The learning goals were informed by the following resources:

How program goals are assessed

Design features that allow goals to be met

Alumni Careers

Graduation rate

Careers pursued by our alumni

Courses and Sequencing

Diagram of course sequencing and requirements

Entry into the program

  • Physical Geography

Core courses

  • Cartographic Skills
  • Photo Interpretation and Remote Sensing w/Lab (Prerequisite: Cartographic Skills)
  • Geographic Information Systems w/ Lab (Prerequisite: Cartographic Skills)
  • Applications in Geographic Information Systems (Prerequisite: Geographic Information Systems w/ Lab)
  • Special Topics in Geographic Information Science (Prerequisite: Geographic Information Systems w/ Lab)
  • GIS Programming


  • Directed Study OR GIS Internship

Other key features of this program:

This certificate curriculum is offered at the BS and MS-level, and is also offered as a wholly online Continuing Education program.

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