About the Program

About the Program

The Certificate in GIS Sciences & Technologies is a complement to any existing major at the University of Montana-Missoula or as an addition to a bachelor’s degree obtained at another university. The purpose of the Certificate is to ensure the knowledge, understanding, and training necessary to acquire, process, analyze, and properly display digital geographic data.

GIS technology and analysis is increasingly used in almost every discipline and industry. Besides the obvious home for GIS in Geography and Forestry, students pursuing a variety of majors are utilizing the power of GIS. Departments across campus including Anthropology, Archeology, Business, Environmental Studies, Geosciences, Recreation Management, Resource Conservation, Wildlife Biology, and more are recommending GIS experience to their students. The private and public sectors agree; GIS experience is highly valued in new employees.

Requirements Overview

Earning a Certificate

  • To earn a Certificate in GIS Sciences and Technologies, students must either be working towards or have completed an undergraduate degree.

  • Students must complete a minimum of 18 semester credit hours, including 9 to 10 core GIS course credits and 8 to 9 advanced GIS elective credits.

  • Students must achieve at least an overall grade point average of 3.0 for courses within the program.

  • The certificate will only be awarded upon the successful completion of all requirements and the attainment of an undergraduate degree.

Transfer, Internships, and Independent Study Credits

  • Of the 18 credits needed for the Certificate, a maximum of two courses can be transferred in from other institutions. However, they must have been taken within the last five years.

  • All credits counted towards the Certificate must have been completed within 5 years of filing an Application for Certificate. 

  • No more than 4 credits of Independent Study or Internships can be used towards the Certificate.


  • It is recommended that students complete the university symbolic systems requirements before beginning this program (M 115, STAT 216, FORS 201, SOCI 202).

  • Students should look closely at individual prerequisites for each course before registering.