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Political Science & GeographyGeographic Information Science Certificate


The Geographic Information Science (GIS) certificate at Old Dominion University (ODU) provides an education program for students and professionals pursuing careers in geographic information systems (GIS) and related spatial technologies (remote sensing, global positioning systems (GPS), cartography, and spatial data handling and analysis). Awarded upon completion of the requirements, the GIS Certificate is an affidavit of academic proficiency and is administered by the Department of Political Science and Geography. The certificate is available to undergraduates, graduate students, and non-degree seeking professionals who meet the requirements.

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Program Requirements

For the ODU GIS Certificate, students must take courses in the areas listed below and complete them with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher and no grade below a C (2.00). Students with comparable professional experience may be able to satisfy competencies in selected courses through examination.

Students seeking undergraduate certification must complete the 300- and 400-level courses (15 credits), and those seeking graduate certification must complete the 500-level courses (18 credits).

Next Steps

We process eligible applications for the completion at the end of fall, spring, and summer terms, but applications must be submitted before the last day of classes. There are two steps to accomplish the certificate:

  1. Step 1: Students (degree-seeking or non-degree seeking, undergraduate or graduate) who pursue the GIS certificate are required to register online before taking any certificate classes.

    Note: An ODU MIDAS account and password are needed for online registration. Once your registration is submitted, your information (e.g., email address) will be added to a database maintained by the certificate program. Announcements will be delivered to that registered address when needed.

    Degree-seeking students who pursue a graduate-level GIS certificate also need to complete a seperate Graduate Certificate Declaration Form. This form is automatically submitted to Graduate Admissions once it is submitted.

  2. Step 2: Students will need to submit the Application Form for Completion of Certificate in Geographic Information Science in the last semester.

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