The undergraduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a curriculum designed specifically for students and pre-professionals who want to pursue a career in geo-spatial technologies.  The certificate consists of three instructional tiers.  Tier 1 focuses on various forms and interpretations of spatial data.   The essential properties, principles, and strategies for collecting and assessing spatial data is the focus of this tier.  Each course within this tier involves a significant laboratory component in which students are introduced to standard measures used in the field of GIS such as: database development, GPS, spatial statistics, map communication, remote sensing, and map design.  Most of these courses involve a variety fieldwork, real-world, guest speaker, and field trip opportunities.  The second tier of the certificate curriculum involves courses focused on advanced applications of GIS as well as computer science.  Computer programming is an essential skill in the field of GIS, especially in mobile GIS applications.  Therefore, students are required to select at least one advanced GIS course and one computer science course.  The last tier in the program allows the student to apply their GIS knowledge and skills within their area of interest.  The available concentrations range from Anthropology to Public Health.  Students are required to select one course from this last tier. 

The undergraduate Certificate in GIS systems is open to all students admitted to degree or non-degree study at the University of Michigan-Flint.  In order to receive the certificate students must complete all certificate course work with an average GPA of 3.00 or higher.  Some courses may carry prerequisites that are not part of the certificate curriculum.  Certificate courses may also be applied to a students undergraduate degree.  The ERS department is also home for the new GIS Center at UM-Flint (GISC) and will serve as a resource for GIS Certificate enrollees.  The GIS curriculum at the University of Michigan-Flint features ArcGIS, CommunityViz, and Idrisi softwares.

Tier 1 (14 credits) provides the basics of spatial analysis, GIS, and Remote Sensing.  Courses here include:

     GEO 203 (3)  - Introduction to Spatial Analysis
     GEO 304 (3)  - Remote Sensing of the Environment
     RPL 370 (4) -  Geographic Information Systems I
     RPL 371 (4)  – Geographic Information Systems II

Tier 2 (5-8 credits) consists of advanced analytical methods and skills, including programming, database design, and advanced spatial analysis/GIS methods. Courses included are:

     One from:
          GEO 404 (4) - Spatial Analysis Seminar
          GEO 498 (3)  -  Internship
          RPL 470 (3)  - GIS Practicum
     One from:
          CSC 152 (2)  – Database Management Software
          CSC 173 (3)  -  Visual BASIC for Windows
          CSC 175 (4)  – Problem Solving and Programming I

Tier 3 (3 credits) focuses on specific disciplines and enable students to build subject area knowledge.

     Anthropology
          
ANT 110 Intro to Archaeology
          
ANT 311 Historical Archaeology
          
ANT 322 Eastern North American Archaeology
          
ANT 318 Mesoamerican Archaeology
     
Biology
          
BIO 111 Organismal Biology
          
BIO 423 Wildlife Ecology and Management
     
Business Management
          
BUS 211 Business Statistics 
          
BUS 381 Management Information Systems
     
Earth and Resource Science
          
GEO 491 Sustainable Systems Seminar
          
RPL 411 Reimagining Cities
          
RPL 472 Watershed Management
     
Engineering and Design
          
EGR 165 Computer Aided Design
          
EGR 310 Engineering Economics
     
Public Administration
          
PUB 422 Environmental Law and Public Policy
          
PUB 448 Urban Renewal
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UB 449 Green Community Development
          
PUB/RPL 476 Environmental Planning
     
Public Health
          
PHS 315 Intro to Epidemiology
          
PHS 420 Environmental Health