EIU Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Sciences (GISci) in Environmental Life Sciences

Certificate Program Mission: The professional workforce in the environmental sciences expects a certain amount of training in the geographic information sciences (GISci) to allow for the collection, processing and interpretation of spatial data.  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), job placement in the environmental life sciences will be highest for those with graduate work and GIS training (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11, available at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos311.htm).  Eastern Illinois University has been a leader in interdisciplinary GISci and has the expertise to provide this training.  The mission of the GISci Certificate Program is to provide individuals who hold a Bachelors degree in the environmental life sciences with the requisite knowledge-base to be proficient in GISci.  Specifically, the certificate will allow individuals to be competitive in both the job market as well as in admission to higher-level degree programs.

Certificate Admission Requirements: To be eligible for admission to the GISci Certificate Program, applicants must meet all of the requirements for admission to the Graduate School (see “Admission to Graduate Degree and Certificate Programs”) and the Department of Biological Sciences Graduate Program (http://castle.eiu.edu/bioscigr/).

Degree Audit: A Bachelors degree in Biological Sciences or closely related field.

Certificate Course/Curriculum Requirements*

A.) Students in the program will enroll in the following core courses.  Credits: 6.

  • GEG 5810 – Geographic Information Systems I.  Credits: 3
  • GEG 5850 – GPS: Mapping the Modern Way.  Credits 3

B.) Students in the program will enroll in the following elective courses to fulfill credit requirements.  Credits: 12. Up to 6 credits may come from GEG. Maximum of 6 at the 4750-4999 level will apply.

  • BIO 4820 – Spatial Analysis for Environmental Sciences.  Credits: 4
  • BIO 4840 – Resource Management and Environmental Assessment.  Credits: 3. 
  • BIO 5380 – Landscape Ecology. Credits: 3
  • GEG 5820 – Remote Sensing I.  Credits: 3
  • GEG 5870 – Remote Sensing II.  Credits: 3
  • GEG 5830 – Building Geodatabases.  Credits: 3
  • GEG 5860 – Geographic Information Systems II. Credits 3

* If students have equivalent courses from their undergraduate degree programs, alternative GISci courses may be taken instead upon approval of the Biological Sciences Graduate Coordinator.

Certificate Course/Curriculum Requirements

Courses in this program may be counted toward an MS in Biological Sciences with permission of graduate students’ committee.