GIS Minor - 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 has twice been revised (first in 2014 and then again in 2017), reducing the requirements (the GIS Minor is now a subset of the GIS Certificate).

Note that the GIS Certificate is 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

(printable pdf: GIS_Minor_2017.pdf)

Required courses:

  ❑ ENVS-320     GIS I: Introduction to Geographic Information Science (4)

  ❑ One of the following:

ENVS-419     Applications in GIS (3)

ENVS-420     GIS III: Analysis and Modeling (4)

  ❑ 13-14 Credits from the following list for a total of at least 21 credits:

ENVS-201     Environmental Data and Information (3) (or other statistics class by advisement)

ENVS-221     Geographic Information Science Survey (3)

ENVS-321     GIS II: Computer Cartography (3)

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)

ESCI-442      Introduction to Remote Sensing (5)

ENVS-499Q  Topics in GIS (up to 4 credits)

Up to 4 credits from the following list with faculty adviser permission:

ENVS-400   Independent Study

ENVS-495   Teaching Practicum

ENVS-498   Internship, Thesis, or Project

To Declare the GIS Minor visit ES-539. Contact Dr. Aquila Flower for more information.

Geographic Information Science CERTIFICATE

Required courses*:

  ❑ ENVS-320            GIS I: Introduction to Geographic Information Science (4)

  ❑ ENVS-321            GIS II: Computer Cartography (3)

  ❑ ENVS-420/520     GIS III: Analysis and Modeling (4)

  ❑ ENVS-421/521     GIS IV: Advanced GIS Applications (4)

  ❑ 8 credits from the following list or by advisement:

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)

Up to 4 credits from the following list with faculty adviser permission:

ENVS-400/500   Independent Study

ENVS-495/595   Teaching Practicum

ENVS-498           Internship, Thesis, or Project

  ❑ One course from the following list or by advisement:

ANTH-335        Quantitative Methods in Anthropology (5)

BIOL-340           Biometrics (5)

DSCI-305           Applied Business Statistics (4)

ENVS-322          Analysis of Spatial Data (4)

ESCI-340            Biostatistical Analysis (5)

MATH-240         Introduction to Statistics (4)

*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.

To apply for the GIS Certificate: APPLICATIONContact Dr. Aquila Flower for more information.

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.