Dec 05, 2019  
2019-2020 General Catalog 
2019-2020 General Catalog

Geographic Information Science (GIS) - Certificate

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S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources


Director: Shannon Belmont
Program Administrator: Melanie Conrad
Location: Natural Resources 122
Phone: (435) 797-3375

Graduate Program Description

Utah State University's online Geographic Information Science (GIS) certificate is designed for graduate students or professionals wanting skills and experience applying industry-standard GIS and remote sensing tools to natural resource issues. 


Students who complete the program will receive a graduate-level certificate in Geographic Information Science. Their USU transcript will list the courses and grades received to complete the program.  The certificate is complementary to a wide variety of graduate programs and is available as a standalone certificate. Participants may complete the certificate in one year.

Admission Requirements

For admission to the program please follow the instructions below:

  • Applicants go to Choose the Graduate Application and then choose GIS Certificate application. 
  • Applicant must provide an official transcript showing that they have been awarded a bachelor's degree or higher. Please send official transcripts to the following address: 0900 Old Main Hill, Logan UT 84322-0900. Official electronic transcripts may be sent to from the institution. (If you've attended USU we will obtain your transcripts.)
  • Use PROMO code GIS2018 to waive $30 of the application fee (the resulting application fee is $25.00).

Students pursuing the GIS Certificate are not required to be enrolled in a graduate degree program. However, credits obtained from the certificate may be applied toward a graduate degree. Please contact Melanie Conrad ( if you have any questions.

Course Requirements

To receive the Certificate, a student must complete the following set of requirements:

  • Apply and be accepted into the GIS Certificate Program
  • Register for and successfully complete four graduate-level courses
  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA for program courses (grades below C will not be accepted)
  • Abide by the Code of Policies and Procedures for Students at Utah State University.

For course offerings please visit our website at

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