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Our graduate certificates are designed for two audiences. First, we provide continuing educational opportunities to professional looking to expand or update their skill set. Second, we attract graduate students in other programs eager to gain specialized training in one of our subfields.

Both certificates are open to all graduate students. You must be admitted to an SIU graduate program or the SIU non-declared graduate program.

GIS Mapping


As society continues to seek sustainable solutions to environmental problems, there is a growing need for advanced education. If you already have an undergraduate degree, our Sustainability Certificate can help you develop additional expertise in sustainability.

To earn the Sustainability Certificate, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA and complete the following courses:

  • GEOG 521 (3) – Urban Sustainability
  • GEOG 524 (3) – Sustainable Development
  • GEOG 536 (3) – Natural Hazards
  • GEOG 539 (3) – Global Climate Change
  • GEOG 570 (3) – Contemporary Issues in Environmental Studies

Plus, one of the following:

  • GEOG 502 (3) – Geographic Information Systems
  • GEOG 512 (3) – Applied Geographic Statistics


With an increased demand for graduates with expertise in geospatial techniques, our Certificate in GIS provides the ideal coursework for quick job placement or advancement. Recipients of this certificate understand advanced geospatial technologies such as advanced digital image processing and analysis and development and management of spatial databases.

To earn the GIS Certificate, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA and complete the following courses:

  • GEOG 502 (3) – Geographic Information Systems
  • GEOG 504 (3) – Spatial Analysis
  • GEOG 506 (3) – Intro to Remote Sensing
  • GEOG 508 (3) – Advanced Remote Sensing
  • GEOG 520 (3) – Advanced Geographic Information Systems
  • GEOG 528 (3) – GIS Portfolio/GIS Capstone Project
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