Located in the heart of the southern Appalachian Mountains, our program offers a focused and varied opportunity for students to study Geosciences. From examining cave and streams systems, faults and gullies, and even the Appalachian Trail, our students are given the unique opportunity to study in and with environments and faculty that will prepare them for their professional career and / or graduate school.
A Graduate Certificate Program in Geographical Information Systems attracts regional professionals and students from various departments to obtain GIS skills. Our students gain valuable research experience that applies academic knowledge and prepares them in professional career or graduate school. Many students present research at professional conferences and several have published their research in scientific journals.
4 Courses (12 credit hours):
Required Courses: 6 credits
- GEOS 5010 - Geospatial Analysis (3 credits)
- GEOS 5317 - Advanced Geographic Information Systems (3 credits)
Advisor Approved Electives: 6 Credits
Choose 6 credits from the following:
- GEOS 5017 - Advanced Cartography: Web & Mobile Mapping (3 credits)
- GEOS 5300 - Topics in Geospatial Analysis (3 credits)
- GEOS 5320 - Geographic Informtion Systems Projects (3 credits)
- GEOS 5350 - Statistics for Geosciences (3 credits)
- GEOS 5900 - Independent Study (1-3 credits)
Applicants can enter in Fall, Spring, or Summer.
Curriculum information and graduation requirements can be found in the ETSU Catalog Entry for the Geographic Information Systems Graduate Certificate program.
A few of the competencies graduates will gain from this program!
- Describe the fundamental concepts of Geographic Information Science and Technology and demonstrate proficiency in both basic and advanced functions of geospatial software and hardware.
- Demonstrate proficiency in the use of fundamental remote sensing and spatial analysis techniques, including the creation and acquisition of original spatial data. Data may come from a variety of sources including regional, national, and international databases, GitHub, live data feeds, virtual feature services, or even data collected by you or others using GPS units, ground-penetrating radar, small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle platforms, and other sensors.
- Automate spatial analysis processes through model building and basic code development.
- Apply and employ advanced geostatistical analysis techniques using multiple proprietary and open source GIS platforms.
- Develop, manage, complete, and evaluate a comprehensive geospatial project.
- Demonstrate proficiency in multidisciplinary modeling techniques and applications in Geospatial Information Science and Technology, (e.g., niche/habitat, hazard, economic loss, hydrologic, etc.), and design, configure, optimize, and maintain webmapping and mobile applications and servers.
Credits to complete this program: 12 credit hours
|TN Residents||eRate (Out of State, 100% online)||Out of State|
|$601 per credit hour||$751 per credit hour||$1442 per credit hour|
*Note, tuition discounts are available for border county students.
Read more about cost, paying for courses, scholarship options and financial aid.
Steps to Apply
Step 1 - Create your ETSU Application Account
Step 1 Create your ETSU Application Account by choosing the "Sign Up" option
Step 2 - Sign into the ETSU Application Portal
Step 2 Sign into the ETSU Application Portal and select "Start a New Application"
Step 3 - Complete the Remaining Fields
Step 3 Choose "Graduate," select your student type (domestic or international), select "Certificate," term, then choose Geographic Information Systems and complete the remainder of the form.