Undergraduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems

Achieve a thorough introduction to information technology and spatial analysis with the Undergraduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems in Temple University’s College of Liberal Arts. This 12-credit certificate helps students gain a competitive edge in the job market through opportunities to work directly with mapping, statistical and visualization software, and to learn to manipulate data sets and spatially display those results.

Geographic information systems (GIS) is powerful analytical software combining data with maps, allowing users to query, analyze and visualize spatial data. Over four courses, students pursuing the Geographic Information Systems Certificate (Undergraduate) will develop GIS skills applicable in a wide range of fields and in government, public and private sectors of the economy.

Areas that make use of GIS skill sets include 

  • business,
  • communications, 
  • design,
  • engineering,
  • government,
  • health,
  • planning, and
  • social and natural sciences, among others.

Skills gained in this program are increasingly in demand by employers in the geospatial technology industry.  

This certificate is open to undergraduate students in all majors at Temple University. Students majoring in Geography and Urban Studies or Environmental Studies may also complete the Certificate in GIS.

Classes & Curriculum

Certificates are awarded only at the time of completion of the bachelor's degree and cannot be awarded either as a stand-alone program of study or after completion of the first bachelor's degree.

GIS electives give students the opportunity to tailor educational experiences to their career interests.

  • Journalism: Web Mapping, Geovisualization
  • Public health: GIS for Health Data Analysis, Urban GIS
  • Sustainability: Environmental GIS, Environmental Remote Sensing
  • Real estate: GIS and Location Analysis, Census Analysis with GIS

Learn more about Geographic Information Systems Certificate (Undergraduate) courses.

Related Graduate Degrees


A Geographic Information Systems Certificate (Undergraduate) provides you the skills you need to take on advanced research positions in governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations and technology-based companies. 

A variety of industries seek to hire professionals with this skill set, including 

  • business, 
  • communications,
  • criminal justice, 
  • design, 
  • education, 
  • engineering,
  • environment,
  • journalism,
  • planning, 
  • public health, 
  • sociology and
  • technology.

Tuition & Fees

The tuition for this Certificate Program is based on school or college of your major, program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.


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