To receive a Certificate in GIS, a student must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete 9 credit hours of foundation coursework (Group I) and a minimum of 12 credit hours from course Groups II, III, IV, and V (a total of 21 credit hours), with a minimum 3.0 GPA for all courses taken in Groups II, III, IV and V (Note: a B or better must be earned for courses in Group IV and V). See below for details.
  • Hold a bachelors or higher degree from OSU or another accredited college or university (students may work towards the Certificate while completing their bachelors degree); and
  • Complete at least 9 hours from Groups II, III, IV, and V and 12 hours overall at Oklahoma State University. Waivers of course requirements for courses taken at another University, or for professional experience can be given for up to 9 hours total, and 3 hours from Groups II, III, IV, and V.


Group I -- Foundation Courses (9 hours)

  1. GEOG 4203 -- Fundamentals of GIS
  2. One of the following:
    • CS 1113 -- Computer Science I
    • GEOG 4383 -- Introduction to GIS Programming
    • MSIS 3363 -- Advanced Management Information Systems Programming
  3. One of the following:
    • GEOG 3333 -- Spatial Analysis
    • GEOG 5303 -- Geographical Analysis I

Group II -- Database Management (3 hours):

  • One of the following:
    • MSIS 3103 -- Database Design, Manipulation, and Management for End Users
    • MSIS 5643 -- Advanced Database Management
    • NREM 5193 -- Spatial / Non-spatial Database Management for Natural Resources

Group III -- Data Capture and Representation (3 hours):

  • One of the following:
    • BAE 5313 --  Watershed Modeling and Water Quality
    • CIVE 3614 --  Engineering Surveying
    • GEOG 4303 --  Applications of the Global Positioning System in Field Research
    • GEOG 4313 --  Field Techniques and Geodata Collection
    • GEOG 4323 --  Computer Cartography
    • GEOG 4333/5333 --  Remote Sensing
    • GEOG 6313 --  Advanced Geodata Collection

Group IV -- GIS Theory and Applications (3 hours):

  • One of the following:
    • GEOG 4343/5243 -- Geographic Information Systems: Resource Management (prerequsite: GEOG 4203)
    • GEOG 4353 -- Geographic Information Systems: Socioeconomic Applications (prerequisite: GEOG 4203)

Group V -- Advanced GIS Applications (3 hours):

  • One of the following:
    • GEOG 5343 -- Advanced GIS: Resource Management (prerequisite: GEOG 4343/5323)
    • GEOG 5353 -- Advanced GIS: Socioeconomic Applications (prerequisite: GEOG 4353)
    • GEOG 6333 -- Advanced Technolgoies in Image Analysis/GIS (prerequisite: GEOG 4333/5333)


Note: Group I.C can be satisfied with the approval of the Certificate Coordinator if the student has completed 9 or more credits of Statistics courses other than the Spatial Statistics courses outlined above with an average grade of B or better. These courses MUST be taken at the Senior or Graduate Level. Normally, no other substitutions are allowed.

Any of the prerequisite courses can be waived in consultation with the Certificate Coordinator if the student can demonstrate that he/she has satisfactorily completed similar coursework or has significant professional experience in the area. However, the 12/9 hour minimum requirements outlined elsewhere in these rules will continue to be required regardless of any waivers.


Group IV and V courses are "paired" (GEOG 4343/5243 with GEOG 5343 and GEOG 4353 with GEOG 5353). The student is required to take the Group V course that matches his/her Group IV course if they intend to use Advanced GIS to satisfy Group V (which is the preferred and most common path to completion of the Certificate).

Minimum 3.0 GPA for all courses taken in Groups II, III, IV and V, and grades of B or better for courses in Group IV and V, are required to receive the Certificate.


For more information, please contact the GIS Certificate Coordinator, Dr. Hongbo Yu.