The Department of Geography (GEOG) and the Department of Computer Science (CSCI) are offering a joint undergraduate certificate in GIS and computational science. The program draws upon faculty expertise in both departments, providing interdisciplinary training in spatial data analysis and computation, both of which characterize GIS in most career paths.
Geographic Information Scientists (GIScientists) have an ongoing concern with the collection, analysis and display of high precision spatial data. Computational geospatial skills are in high demand on campus and in local, regional and national job markets such as government employment, industry or consulting careers, and graduate school.
This certificate will be available to GEOG majors, to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in CSCI program managed through the College of Arts & Sciences, and to students in other earth science disciplines (e.g., GEOL, ENVS, ENVD, EBIO, ANTH) and social science disciplines (e.g., PSCI, ECON, SOCY).
Non-matriculated students may enroll at CU through Continuing Education and once admitted, may apply for the certificate.
Visit the GIS and Computational Science Certificate website for application and admissions details.
The prerequisite courses must be completed prior to application to the certificate program, and can be met by completing AP coursework in high school or by completing an equivalent course that transfers from another college.
|Computer Science 1: Starting Computing|
|Statistics and Geographic Data|
Required Courses and Credits
The certificate requires 18–20 hours of coursework, including required courses and electives (but excluding prerequisites). Courses required for this certificate are offered each semester, and geography electives are offered at least once per year.
Students who fulfill the introductory statistics requirement through AP coursework in high school are eligible to take an additional elective. Students undertaking the certificate as well as a GEOG minor earn at least 9 credits in non-GIS GEOG courses to satisfy the minor requirements.
Students must earn a C or better in all coursework in the certificate, and may not take certificate courses pass/fail.
|Required Courses 1||11-12|
|Computer Science 2: Data Structures|
|Geographic Information Science: Spatial Analytics|
|Geographic Information Science: Mapping 2|
or GEOG 4603
|GIS in the Social and Natural Sciences|
|Electives (Two or more to fulfill 18-20 credit hours) 1|
|Geographic Information Science: Spatial Modeling|
|Geographic Information Science: Spatial Programming|
|Geographic Information Science: Space Time Analytics|
|Geographic Information Science: Project Management|
Approved GEOG topics course
|GIS for Geologists|
One or two upper-division GIS-based courses in another A&S department; syllabi to be approved beforehand by the certificate committee)
Required courses and electives must be taken at CU Boulder.
Students cannot apply both GEOG 3053 and GEOG 4603 to the certificate.