Undergraduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems

About the Program

If you're interested in studying the design and use of geographic information technologies, our Certificate of Undergraduate Study in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is for you. In any career where information must be mapped, the ability to perform the mapping in a computer environment is critical. The skills you will learn in this certificate program will give you the ability to apply your knowledge of cartography, mapping, GIS and science to specific geographic and mapping issues faced by decision-makers.

Program Mode of Delivery

This program is delivered entirely online.


The certificate includes three core courses that focus on forms of spatial data and their essential properties, principles and methods for collecting spatial data, principles of map design and effective graphic communication, and how spatial data can be used to investigate complex social and environmental issues.

Information about specific coursework required can be found in the NIU course catalog.

Applying to the Program

To get started with the GIS certificate or to request more information, email Wei Luo, Ph.D. at wluo@niu.edu.


Why NIU Online?

We know you have responsibilities and commitments. It's just easier if you're able to take classes where you are without the commute. The good news is that with NIU, you're not alone. Your classmates and instructors are available via the same technology that helps deliver your classes. In our classrooms or in your living room, we want you to succeed academically because your future is our focus.

Program Type: Online undergraduate certificate
College: College of Liberal Arts and SciencesDepartment of Geographic and Atmospheric Sciences
Credits Required: 15
Tuition Per Credit: $360.80 (Learn more about tuition and fees)

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Application Deadlines

Term Deadline
Fall August 1
Summer May 15
Spring  December 1
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