GIS Minor - GIS Certificate

GIScience at WWU

WWU does not offer a Bachelor's or Master's degree specifically in GIScience. However, GIS can be a main emphasis of the Geography BA, an MA in Environmental Studies or the Geography Minor (all offered through the Environmental Studies Department of Huxley College of the Environment). In addition, Huxley offers a GIS Minor and a GIS Certificate.

GIS Minor and GIS Certificate

Huxley College offers a GIS Certificate and a GIS Minor. The GIS Minor is a subset of the GIS Certificate. Admission to both the GIS Minor and the GIS Certificate program are by APPLICATION only. Some upper division GIS courses are restricted to GIS Certificate students only. Contact Dr. Aquila Flower for more information. 

(See also GIS & Remote Sensing course offerings at WWU.)

 

Geographic Information Science MINOR

Required courses:

  • One of the following INTRODUCTORY GIS Courses (3-4 credits):
    • ENVS-320     GIS I: Introduction to GIScience (4) (this is the preferred option)
    • GEOL-213     GIS in Geology (3)
       
  • One of the following INTERMEDIATE GIS Courses (3-4 credits):
    • ENVS-419     Applications in GIS (3)
    • ENVS-420     GIS III: Analysis and Modeling (4) (this is the preferred option)
       
  •   GIS ELECTIVES from the list below to bring your total credits in the Minor to at least 22)
    • CSCI-141      Computer Programing I (4)
    • ENVS-201     Environmental Data and Information (3)
    • ENVS-221     Geographic Information Science Survey (3)
    • ENVS-321     GIS II: Computer Cartography (4)
    • ENVS-322     Analysis of Spatial Data (4)
    • ENVS-421     GIS IV: Advanced GIS Applications (4)
    • ENVS-422     Advanced Spatial Analysis (4)
    • ENVS-423     GIS Processing and Analysis (3)
    • ENVS-495      Teaching Practicum (1-2, repeatable)
    • ENVS-498     Internship, Thesis, or Project w/GIS focus (up to 4 credits)
    • ENVS-499Q  Topics in GIS (1, repeatable w/different topics)
    • ESCI-442       Introduction to Remote Sensing (5)

 

The Geographic Information Science Minor provides students with training in Geographic Information Science theory and techniques. Through a series of courses in GIS, statistics, and remote sensing, students will gain skills in the development, management, analysis, and visualization of spatial data. Many classes are offered only once per year and must be taken in sequence, so careful planning with an advisor is recommended

Admission to the GIS Minor program is competitive and space may be limited. Applicants should complete ENVS-320 prior to applying. Applications are due by Nov. 1 (for winter quarter), Feb. 1 (for spring quarter), and May 1 (for fall quarter).

To apply for the GIS Minor see: APPLICATIONContact Dr. Michael Medler or Dr. Aquila Flower for more information.

 

Geographic Information Science CERTIFICATE

Required courses*:

  •   GIS CORE Courses (16 credits):
    • ENVS-320             GIS I: Introduction to GIScience (4)
    • ENVS-321             GIS II: Computer Cartography (4)
    • ENVS-420/520     GIS III: Analysis and Modeling (4)
    • ENVS-421/521     GIS IV: Advanced GIS Applications (4)
       
  •   GIS ELECTIVES from the following list (8 credits):
    • ENVS-422/522   Advanced Spatial Analysis (4)
    • ENVS-423          GIS Processing and Analysis (3)
    • ESCI-442            Introduction to Remote Sensing (5)
    • ENVS-499Q       Topics in GIS (up to 4 credits)
    • ENVS-498           Internship, Thesis, or Project
       (Up to 4 credits of experiential learning w/faculty adviser permission)​​​
       
  •   QUANTITATIVE METHODS (4-5 credits): 
    • ENVS-322         Analysis of Spatial Data (4)
    • ESCI-340            Biostatistical Analysis (5)
    • ANTH-335        Quantitative Methods in Anthropology (5)
    • Math-240          Intro to Statistics (4)
    • BIOL-340           Biometrics (5)​​​​​​​
    • DSCI-305           Applied Business Statistics (4)
    • Soc-304             Statistics for Sociology (5)

 

*300-level course requirements may be waived in some cases based on the applicant's prior completed courses and work history.

The Geographic Information Science Certificate provides students with in-depth training in Geographic Information Science theory and techniques. Through an intensive series of courses in GIS, statistics, and remote sensing and the completion of original research projects, students will gain advanced skills in the development, management, analysis, and visualization of spatial data. The certificate prepares students for careers as geospatial analysts and GIS technicians, and is a valuable complement to many majors. Note that students completing the GIS Certificate can also apply for and receive the GIS Minor.

Admission to the GIS Certificate program is competitive and space may be limited. Applicants should complete ENVS-320 and ENVS-321 (or be currently enrolled) prior to applying. Applications are due by May 1st.

To apply for the GIS Certificate see: APPLICATIONContact Dr. Michael Medler or Dr. Aquila Flower for more information.

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Class Schedules for the GIS Minor and GIS Certificate

Students considering the GIS Minor or the GIS Certificate should note that many of the classes are only offered once per year. Given that almost all of these classes are also sequential, completing the minor or certificate requires at least two years. Spreading these courses over three years is recommended if at all possible (e.g., taking ENVS-320 and ENVS-321 during the Sophomore year). Likewise, taking as many as possible during the Junior year is also recommended (e.g., completing most or ALL of the 400-level courses). Be aware that all of the 400-level courses are work intensive (so taking 5 of them in the same year will leave very little time for any other pursuits). Completing most of the courses before your Senior year will allow you to apply your GIS knowledge to research projects in your other 400-level classes and will make you qualified to apply for GIS-focused internships during or prior to your Senior year.​​​​​​​