Students may obtain either the one-year certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), or the Associate of Science in GIS. Additionally, students in many fields may obtain a minor concentration (equivalent to the certificate curriculum) in the course of obtaining their associate’s degree.
The certificate program is designed for persons wishing to obtain GIS training in order to enhance their academic degree or current career choice.
Students seeking the associate of science degree must complete a minimum of 32 credits in the major requirements listed. These 32 credits are split between the 5 core GIS classes (GEOG 1080, GEOG 1100, GEOG 1110, GEOG 2100 and GEOG 2150) and the list of approved GIS electives. Consideration toward satisfying some of the requirements will be given to students entering the program who have had documented work experience, equivalent course work at another institution, or completion of workshops from recognized providers such as ESRI. Students should consult with their advisor early in the application process to determine eligibility of previous work. Students wanting credit for work experience or workshop participation will be asked to supply a portfolio of work which will be evaluated by program faculty. The GIS certificate is designed for students who want GIS skills while receiving another degree or need GIS skills for current employment. Therefore, students seeking the GIS certificate will only need to take the 5 core GIS classes listed above.
General Education (Minimum 32 credits)
General education coursework can be completed from within or outside of the major field of study.
1. Exploration and Participation
- Laboratory science (4CR)
- Mathematics (3-4CR)
3. Relationship with the World
- Human behavior (3CR)
- U.S. and Wyoming constitutions (1-3CR)
- Cultural environment (3CR)
4. General Education Electives (8-11CR)
- Must be chosen from areas 1, 2, or 3 above.
5. Physical Education (1CR)
Major Requirements (minimum 32 credits)
Students must have a “C” or better in all major required coursework.
Students should select a minimum of 14 credits from the following list of courses to satisfy their area of expertise. Electives to be selected in consultation with advisor.
- AGRI 1020 - GPS and GIS in Agriculture (1L,2LB,2CR)
- CMAP 1815 - Database Applications (2L,2LB,3CR)
- COSC 1010 - Introduction to Computer Science (3L,2LB,4CR)
- COSC 1030 - Computer Science I (3L,2LB,4CR)
- COSC 2030 - Computer Science II (3L,2LB,4CR)
- COSC 2405 - MFC Windows Programming in C++ (2L, 2CR)
- COSC 2406 - Programming in Java (3L,2LB,4CR)
- ES 1060 - Introduction to Engineering Computing (3L, *, 3CR)
- ENTK 1010 - Elements of Surveying (2L,3LB,3CR)
- ENTK 1510 - Drafting I (2L,4LB,4CR)
- ENTK 2500 - Computer-Aided Drafting I (AutoCad) (1L,2LB,2CR)
- ENTK 2505 - Computer-Aided Drafting II (AutoCad) (1L,2LB,2CR)
- ENTK 2550 - Civil Drafting I (2L,4LB,4CR)
- EXTR 1500 - Geology of Extractive Resources (3L,3CR)
- EXTR 2520 - Introduction to Well Logging (3L,3CR)
- EXTR 2550 - Geologic Computing Methods (1.5L,3LB,3CR)
- EXTR 2560 - Energy Policy and Economics (3L,3CR)
- EXTR 2570 - Introduction to Seismic Interpretation (2L,2LB,3CR)
- GEOG 1000 - World Regional Geography (3L,3CR)
- GEOG 1050 - Introduction to Environmental and Natural Resources (3L,3CR)
- GEOG 2480 - GIS Cooperative Work Experience (1-8CR)
- GEOG 2490 - Topics: Subtitle (1-12CR)
- GEOL 1100 - Physical Geology (3L,2LB,4CR)
- GEOL 2150 - Geomorphology (3L,2LB,4CR)
- RETK 2500 - Basic Site Planning (3L,3CR)
- Any BIOL or FIRE course may be taken with advisor approval.
A minimum of 64 approved semester credits are required for graduation. For specific graduation requirements see “Academic Policies ” and “Degree Requirements .”
Only courses numbered 1000 or above can be used toward the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Business, Associate of Fine Arts and Associate of Applied Science Degrees.