Geospatial Technologies, Applied (CGT)

This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2020–Spring 2021 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Certificate in Applied Geospatial Technologies
 College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Department: Geography and Geosciences 
Program Website 
Academic Plan Code(s): AGSTCGT, AGSTCGTO

Program Information

This program can be completed in a traditional classroom format or entirely online.

This certificate program offers an additional layer of certification to undergraduate students seeking gainful employment in the growing field of geospatial technologies.The certificate will provide an introduction to the concepts and methods of map construction and visualization, including scale, location, projection, design, symbolism, and compilation. It will provide an introduction to geographic information systems and hands-on experience using ArcGIS software, management of relational databases, and the manipulation and graphical output of digital geospatial data. Upon completion of the program, students will be fully versed in the following key areas:

  • Use and application of geographic information systems programs to solve complex geospatial problems
  • Use, application, and interpretation of remotely sensed data and imagery
  • Use of computer programming and scripting to create custom geospatial applications
  • Database storage, retrieval, and statistical analysis
  • Custom digital map presentation (paper, electronic, web)

The certificate requires the completion of 15 credit hours, of which 6 are required and 9 are elective hours. See the Certificate Requirements tab for details.

Students enrolled in stand-alone certificate programs are not eligible for federal financial aid. UofL students must be enrolled in a degree granting program in conjunction with the certificate program to receive federal aid. 

Admission Requirements

Students seeking the certificate must apply in, and be approved by, the Department of Geography and Geosciences. Admission to the certificate program is open to any undergraduate student with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

This undergraduate certificate program also may be completed as stand-alone credential. However, students must be enrolled in a degree program to be eligible for federal financial aid.

Program Requirements

Core Coursework6
Introduction to Mapping and Geospatial Technologies
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Elective Coursework9
Select 3 courses (9 hours) from the following:
Introduction to Remote Sensing
Introduction to Spatial Statistics
Introduction to Programming for GIS and Spatial Data Analysis
GIS and Public Health
GIS & Urban Demographic Analysis
GIS and Water Resources
Spatial and Non-Spatial Database Management
Minimum Total Hours15

Students must complete required courses for the certificate with a GPA of 2.75 or above.

Non-UofL students must meet the same requirements at an accredited institution.