Graduate Certificate in Informatics – Geoinformatics


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Geoinformatics Certificate

The geoinformatics certificate program is a subprogram within the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Informatics (IGPI) requiring a total of 21 s.h. of coursework.*  All students enrolled in the IGPI subprograms must complete nine semester hours of general informatics coursework selected from three general categories listed in the curriculum.  

Course Requirements for the Geoinformatics Certificate Program


  • Introductory informatics (3 s.h.)
    • IGPI:5110 Introduction to Informatics (3 s.h.)
    • Equivalent coursework approved by the subprogram coordinating committee
  • Programming coursework (3 s.h.)
    • CS:3210 Programming Languages and Tools (3 s.h.)
    • IGPI:5321 Bioinformatics Techniques (3 s.h.)
    • Equivalent coursework approved by the subprogram coordinating committee
  • Data handling coursework selected from (3 s.h.)
    • MSCI:4480 Knowledge Discovery (3 s.h.)
    • IGPI:6100 Database Management and Visualization (3 s.h.)
    • CS:4400 Database Systems (3 s.h.)
    • IGPI:3200 Applied Linear Regression (3 s.h.)
    • STAT:5200 Applied Statistics I (4 s.h.)
    • IGPI:5400 Computing in Statistics (3 s.h.)
    • GEOG:4580 Introduction to Geographic Databases (3 s.h.)


In addition to these three foundation courses, students pursuing a geoinformatics certificate will also take 9 semester hours of more focused coursework (for a total of 21 s.h.).

Please note that plans of study for the informatics certificate may not completely substitute for coursework or examinations required within the requirements of the disciplinary degree program.

All geoinformatics students will take

  • GEOG:3010 Geographic Information Systems and Science (3 s.h.)
  • Equivalent coursework approved by the subprogram coordinating committee

For the remaining 9 s.h., students will, in consultation with their geoinformatics advisor and committee, students can select from the following courses. Note that students must take classes out of at least two of the following four departments.

Geoinformatics Course Electives

  • Department of Geography  
    • GEOG:3540 Introduction to Geographic Visualization (3 s.h.)
    • GEOG:3520 GIS for Environmental Studies: Introduction (3 s.h.)
    • GEOG:3530 Mapping American Cities and Regions (3 s.h.)
    • GEOG:3310 Landscape Ecology
    • GEOG 4750 Environmental Impact Analysis (3 s.h.)
    • GEOG:4520 GIS for Environmental Studies: Applications (3 s.h.)
    • GEOG:4150 Health and Environment: GIS Applications (3 s.h)
    • GEOG:4570 Spatial Analysis & Location Models (3 s.h.)
    • GEOG:4580 Introduction to Geographic Databases (3 s.h.)
    • GEOG:4500 Apps in Environmental Remote Sensing (3 s.h.)
    • GEOG:3760 Hazards and Society
    • GEOG:3340 Ecosystem Services
    • GEOG:4870/EES:4870 Applied Geostatistics (3 s.h.)
    • GEOG:5070 Special Topics (3 s.h.) *assuming relevant geoinformatic topic
    • GEOG:5550 Modeling space and time (3 s.h.)
    • GEOG:5060 Topics in Geographic Information Science (3 s.h.)
  • Graduate Program in Urban and Regional Planning
    • URP:6225 Applied GIS for Planners (3 s.h.)
    • URP:6227 Spatial Analysis in Planning (3 s.h.)
    • URP:6228 GIS for Local Government (1 s.h.)
    • URP:6230 Virtual Reality and Urban Development (3 s.h.)
    • URP:4262 Transportation Demand Analysis (3 s.h.)
  • Department of Geoscience
    • EES:3100 Introduction to Applied Remote Sensing (4 s.h.)
    • GEOG:4870/EES:4870 Applied Geostatistics (3 s.h.)
  • Department of Statistics and Actuarial Sciences
    • STAT:7520 Bayesian Analysis (3 s.h.)
    • STAT:5200 Applied Statistics I (4 s.h.)
    • STAT 5201 Applied Statistics II (3 s.h.)
    • STAT 5300 Computing in Statistics (3 s.h.)
    • IGPI:6530 Environmental and Spatial Statistics (3 s.h.)
    • STAT:6560 Applied Time Series Analysis (3 s.h.)
    • IGPI:7400 Computer Intensive Statistics (3 s.h.)