Program Requirements

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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 Courses

GEOG 350 Introduction to Mapping and Geospatial Technologies

An introduction to the concepts and methods of map construction and visualization, including scale, location, projection, design, symbolism and compilation. Students will explore these concepts and methods through the use of geospatial technologies.

GEOG 558 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

An introduction to GIS using ArcGIS software, management of relational databases, and manipulation and graphical output of digital geo-spatial data.


Elective Courses

GEOG 355 Introduction to Remote Sensing

An introduction to the theory and application of remote sensing data with hands-on experience in the acquisition and utilization of remotely-sensed data in geographical/environmental research.

GEOG 356 Introduction to Spatial Statistics

An introduction to multivariate statistical analyses and spatial statistics, i.e. statistical methods that use space and spatial relationships directly in their mathematical computations.

GEOG 385 Introduction to Programming for GIS and Spatial Data Analysis

An introduction to programming concepts and features using examples from a variety of programming and scripting languages (Python/R/VBA/IDL), including hands-on experience with scripting environments of common statistics, GIS, and remote sensing platforms.

GEOG 531 GIS and Urban Demographic Analysis

Demographic analysis through the use of GIS technology. Emphasis placed on metropolitan area                                                                            characteristics including population change, segregation, ethnic settlement, social and economic stratification and commuting.

GEOS 571 GIS  and Water Resources

A study of the application of GIS techniques in water resources research and management including: digital mapping of water resources, watershed delineation and modeling atmospheric, surface and groundwater processes.

GEOG 590-1 Spatial and Non-Spatial Database Management

A conceptual overview and hands-on experience in development, management and integration of spatial and non-spatial databases, using GIS and relational database management software.

GEOG 590-2 Web Mapping

An overview of the fundamental concepts and practices associated with serving dynamic maps on the World Wide Web, with a focus on hands-on applications and digital projects.


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.

For more information please see the following link:
https://catalog.louisville.edu/undergraduate/certificates/applied-geospatial-tech/#text