Program Requirements

university of louisville, geography, program requirements

Careers in geospatial technology have been on the rise ever since the introduction of geographic information systems (GIS) in the 1980’s.  According to the US Department of Labor high growth industry profile last updated June 1, 2018:

“Because the uses for geospatial technology are so widespread and diverse, the market is growing at an annual rate of almost 35 percent, with the commercial subsection of the market expanding at the rate of 100 percent each year.” (

Today, geospatial technologies include global positioning satellite technology, unmanned aerial vehicle surveying and mapping, satellite image acquisition and interpretation, World Wide Web mapping applications, programming, spatial statistics, and geographic information systems (GIS).  It is the intent of this program to demonstrate all of these topics within the curriculum.

Program Requirements (15 credit hours)




Core Coursework


GEOG 350

Introduction to Mapping and Geospatial Technologies

GEOG 558

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

Elective Coursework


Choose 3 courses (9 hours) from the following:

GEOG 355

Introduction to Remote Sensing

GEOG 356

Introduction to Spatial Statistics

GEOG 385

Introduction to Programming for GIS and Spatial Data Analysis

GEOG 522

GIS and Public Health

GEOG 531

GIS & Urban Demographic Analysis

GEOS 571

GIS and Water Resources

GEOG 583

Spatial and Non-Spatial Database Management

Minimum Total Hours


Course List

Students must complete required courses for the certificate with a GPA of 2.75 or above.

Non-UofL students must meet the same requirements at an accredited institution.

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