Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Technology

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Graduate Certificate Description
Geospatial Technology is an expanding and evolving field that requires a background in the concepts and skills of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Remote Sensing (RS). There is a demand for programs to provide training in Geospatial Technology in many fields including geology, geography, biology, environmental science, agriculture, urban planning, business, engineering, and criminal justice (forensic science). Certificate programs accomplish the goals of providing training and certification for technicians and working professionals to meet the needs of the workforce and professional development in the Geospatial disciplines. This proposed certificate focuses on the fundamental concepts, applications, and technology of GIS, GPS, and RS.

Admission Requirements
Admission requirements are a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.7.

Students seeking admission to the Geospatial Certificate program must apply to the UALR Graduate School.  Apply online at:

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Program Curriculum
(18 hours required)

ERSC ERSC/BIOL 5421 Introduction to GIS
ERSC 5422 Applied GIS

Students must take 8 hours at the 5000–level or above. Courses must be related to geospatial technology or directly support geospatial projects. The director of the program must approve elective courses for credit toward the GT certificate.

Examples of elective courses include:
ERSC 5426 Introduction to Remote Sensing
ERSC 5321 Geomorphology
ERSC 5322 Environmental Geology
ERSC 5371 Engineering Geology
URST/POLS 5355 Urban Planning and Land Use
ENHS 5430 Environmental Epidemiology

IGSC 7195/7295/7395 Internship in Integrated Science and Mathematics
IGSC 7391 Cooperative Education in Integrated Science and Mathematics
IGSC 7192/7292/7392 Independent Study
**Capstone course credits above 2 hours can count for elective credit hours

For more information, email the Geospatial Technology Certificate Director – Dr. Beth McMillan at