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Physical Sciences Geospatial Analysis Certificate

Geospatial Analysis Certificate

Program Description

Emporia State University offers a graduate certificate program in the specialty of geospatial analysis (GSA). The certificate program is a collection of courses designed to provide training and competency in geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, global positioning system (GPS), and related technologies. The GSA graduate certificate may exist either within or independent of traditional graduate majors.

The GSA graduate certificate can be completed through on-campus courses or by distance learning via Internet. The certificate requires 16 graduate credit hours, of which some may be accepted by transfer or by professional experience (see below). The certificate in geospatial analysis provides valuable technical skills for professional career advancement without the long-term commitment necessary for a Master's degree.

What you can do with this certificate

The program is designed for traditional on-campus students as well as post-graduate students in two situations.

  1. Professionals at governmental agencies, which increasingly utilize techniques of geospatial analysis. GSA skill would enhance prospects for career advancement.
  2. Recent university graduates from traditional science programs. These individuals have sufficient disciplinary training, but in many cases lack technical skills necessary for career opportunities in the private or governmental sector.

Requirements for a Graduate Certificate in GSA

Undergraduate (baccalaureate) degree in any subject from an accredited college or university.

  • EB/ES 351 Introduction to Geospatial Analysis, or GE 371 Cartography, or equivalent professional experience as documented by the student's portfolio.

Required Research Project (3 credit hours)

An independent research project involving some application of geospatial analysis technology. The project should include generation, analysis, and interpretation of geospatial datasets. The project shall be developed in consultation with the student's GSA advisor. Results of the project shall be presented in the form of a final report, which will be kept in the student's permanent portfolio. The subject matter for the research project is open to any suitable topic in the biological, mathematical, physical, or social sciences. The research course should be chosen based on the subject matter; examples of appropriate research courses are given below.

  • AN 810 Research Problem in Anthropology.
  • EB 885 Graduate Research in Environmental Biology.
  • ES 739 Research Problem (earth science).
  • GB 885 Graduate Research in Biology.
  • GE 810 Research Problem in Geography.
  • MA 847 Research Projects in Mathematics.
  • SO 810 Research Problem in Sociology.
  • ZO 885 Graduate Research in Zoology.

Procedures for a Graduate Certificate in GSA

Application for Admission

Upon application for the graduate certificate in GSA, the program director(s) will review the student's transcripts and portfolio of academic or professional work. The director(s) will evaluate the student's background and recommend any probationary (prerequisite) courses that may be needed. A decision will be made to accept the student without conditions, to accept the student with probationary requirements, or not to accept the student. The director(s) also will decide about accepting transfer credit or giving credit for professional experience (see below).

Advising and Degree Plan

Each student will be assigned an advisor in the student's main area of interest, background, or specialization. The advisor and student shall develop a plan of study including courses to be taken and research to be conducted. This plan of study shall be submitted for approval by the director(s) of the GSA program, and then forwarded for approval by the appropriate division chair and graduate dean.

Transfer Credit

The student may transfer a maximum of three (3) graduate credit hours from other universities upon approval by the student's advisor and the director(s) of the GSA program. The transfer credits may apply toward any of the required courses, but shall not count toward the research project.

Credit for Professional Experience

The student may be given credit for up to three (3) graduate hours for equivalent professional experience. This experience may be demonstrated by a portfolio of the student's work, and will be evaluated by the student's advisor and the director(s) of the GSA program. Credit for professional experience may apply toward any of the required courses, but shall not count toward the research project.


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