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Virtual College
Hammond Hall 201
600 Park Street 
Hays, KS 67601 
Phone: 785-628-4291 
Toll Free: 800-628-FHSU 
Fax: 785-628-4037
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Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Use

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are used in many professions to gain valuable insights into and answer spatial questions. Because there is an increasing need among local, state, and federal agencies for individuals with skills in Geographic Information Systems, this certificate may help you enhance your employment potential. This nine credit hour certificate program offers you the opportunity to develop a solid understanding of the fundamental principles and analytical techniques of GIS and other geospatial technologies and to develop technical skills in analyzing geographic patterns and relationships. The GIS certificate is an effective way to add value to your program of study for a bachelor's or master's degree, or to develop real-time knowledge and skills for individuals already in the workforce as a stand-alone certificate.

Required Courses:

  • GSCI 240 Introduction to GIS OR GSCI 225 GIS Foundation I (3 Credit Hours)
  • GSCI 360 Intermediate GIS OR GSCI 325 GIS Foundation II (3 Credit Hours)
  • GSCI 290 Cartography or GSCI 280 Cartographic Concepts (3 Credit Hours) OR
    GSCI 674 Remote Sensing and Aerial Photography or GSCI 330 Remote Sensing Concepts (3 Credit Hours)


Contact Information

Geosciences Department
Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street
Hays, KS, 67601-4099
Phone: (785) 628-5389
Web: Geosciences

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