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Fort Hays State University
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Phone: 785-628-5389

P. Grady Dixon, Chair
(785) 628-5389
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Department of Geosciences - Certificate Programs

Certificates offered through the Department of Geosciences can be obtained on-campus or through virtual college (GIS User Certificate only). Once all courses required for the certificate program are successfully completed a printed certificate can be requested by completing the form available through the link below.

GIS User Certificate (9 Credit Hours)
The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) User Certificate program allows students to develop technical skills in analyzing geographic patterns and relationships. Many professions use GIS to gain valuable insights into spatial questions that other information systems do not offer.

This 9-credit-hour certificate program offers the opportunity for engaged students to develop a solid understanding of the fundamental principles and analytical techniques of GIS. The skills gained in the courses included in this certificate program can be applied to any major and are an effective way of adding value to either a bachelor's degree or master's degree. Successfully completing this certificate program can increase employment potential as there is an increasing need among local, state, and federal agencies for individuals with skills in GIS.

Required Courses

  • GSCI 240 Introduction to GIS (3 Credit Hours)
  • GSCI 360 Intermediate GIS (3 Credit Hours)

Electives (choose one)

  • GSCI 290 Cartography (3 Credit Hours)
  • GSCI 330 Remote Sensing Concepts (3 Credit Hours)
  • GSCI 620 Advanced Cartography (3 Credit Hours)
  • GSCI 625 Advanced GIS (3 Credit Hours)
  • GSCI 655 GIS Programming (3 Credit Hours)
  • GSCI 674 Remote Sensing and Aerial Photography (3 Credit Hours)

To complete the GIS certificate, the student must earn a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 on any three FHSU courses in GIS, cartography, and/or remote sensing, This must include at least two GIS courses. For each course to count toward the certificate, the student must earn a grade of C or better.



Museum Studies Certificate (12 Credit Hours)
A museum is defined by the federal government as a public or private nonprofit agency or institution organized on a permanent basis for essentially educational or aesthetic purposes, which, utilizing a professional staff, owns or utilizes tangible objects, cares for them, and exhibits them to the public on a regular basis. Thus museums include zoos, aquaria, botanical centers, and specialized museums in addition to art, history, natural history, children's, science and technology centers, and general museums. The professional staff required at museums may include directors, curators, educators, gift-shop staff, security, public relations, marketing, accountants, exhibit designers, volunteer coordinators, collections managers, conservators, animal/plant care specialists, fundraisers, grant writers, human resources, and food services. Approximately 20% of museums worldwide have more than 100 employees while over 20% have fewer than 10 employees. This means that there are many museums looking for people with specific skills while many others are in desperate need for leaders who have experience with collections, exhibits, education, public relations, and fundraising. Nearly all museums are looking for employees that know how museums function and have either multiple skill sets or have one strong skill with an understanding of the functions of multiple areas.

This 12-credit-hour certificate program offers the opportunity for students to develop skills that are valuable to museum administrators.

  • GSCI Museum Management (3 Credit Hours)
  • GSCI Museum Collections Management (3 Credit Hours)
  • GSCI Museum Exhibit Planning & Design (3 Credit Hours)
  • GSCI Museum Public Education (3 Credit Hours)


Request a Certificate
Certificates will be issued to individuals upon successful completion of requirements. All individuals meeting certificate requirements will need to register on-line for a printed certificate. Course and project completion will be confirmed before certificate is printed. Please allow 2-4 weeks for processing.


Request a Printed Certificate

This form is set to email your responses directly to the department. Please complete all areas of the form before requesting.



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