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Online Applied Geospatial Technologies Certificate

The online Certificate in Applied Geospatial Technologies is designed for anyone looking for credentials to help them build or grow a career in geographic mapping and analysis.

Offered by the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Louisville, this program is designed to teach students how to apply techniques of geographic information science (GIS) and collect, view, manipulate and analyze digital geographic data for a deeper understanding of the world around us. Through an introduction to GIS and hands-on experience using ArcGIS software, you will learn how to connect data sets to landscapes and communities, and provide insights about real-world environmental conditions and social problems.

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  • Acquire skills in computing, problem-solving and project management that will be of use throughout your professional career in the applied geospatial technologies field.
  • Discover state-of-the-art methods and techniques within the field.
  • Learn from expert faculty who are actively advancing the field through research in Environmental Remote Sensing, GIS, Spatial Analysis and Modeling.
  • Join a reputable program from a nationally-recognized metropolitan research university.
  • Connect and network with professionals across the industry.
  • Take advantage of 100% online courses and 24/7 class access.
  • Get a jumpstart on a bachelor’s degree—all credits earned in this program can be applied toward a bachelor’s degree from the Department of Geography and Geosciences at the University of Louisville.



Complete the certificate on your own time through fully online classes.

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Take only 5 courses to earn your certificate.

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This online program can be finished in just under a year!

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The Certificate in Applied Geospatial Technologies is relevant in a wide range of fields including but not limited to:

  • Business economics
  • Defense industry
  • Environmental resource management
  • Landscape architecture
  • Law enforcement
  • Local government
  • Political science
  • Public health
  • Surveying and cartography
  • Urban planning


Preferred Application Deadline Term Start Date
August 1 Fall August
December 1 Spring January
April 1 Summer May/June

Note: We admit students on a rolling basis. The preferred deadlines help you complete the application process on time, be notified of acceptance and enroll before the term begins. We review applications as they become complete, and admit students for a specific term up to the day classes start. We recommend you work on and submit your complete application well in advance of the preferred deadline, as obtaining transcripts and other materials may take more time.

Steps to Apply

  1. Complete the Take Flight (undergraduate) application (select Post-Bac or Visiting Student > College Visitor, when prompted)
  2. Submit $30 non-refundable application fee
  3. Submit ACT score or college transcripts (as applicable)
  4. Check for Scholarships


Admission Requirements

  • High school diploma from an accredited institution (GED or equivalent accepted by petition)
  • Minimum high school GPA of 2.5
  • Completion of pre-college curriculum
  • Composite ACT score of 20 or higher

For more information on the admission and application process, please contact our Online Learning Enrollment Counselor at 800.871.8635 or by email at online@louisville.edu.

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The online Certificate in Applied Geospatial Technologies is a 15 credit hour program that requires 6 credit hours in core courses and 9 credit hours in electives. Students must complete required courses for the certificate with a GPA of 2.75 or above.

Core Courses

Course List Hours
GEOG 350 Introduction to Mapping and Geospatial Technologies 3
GEOG 558 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3
Total 6

Elective Courses

Course [choose 3] Hours
GEOG 355 Introduction to Remote Sensing 3
GEOG 356 Introduction to Spatial Statistics 3
GEOG 385 Introduction to Programming for GIS and Spatial Data Analysis 3
GEOG 522 GIS and Public Health 3
GEOG 531 GIS and Urban Demographic Analysis 3
GEOG 583 Spatial and Non Spatial Database Management 3
GEOG 556 Advanced Remote Sensing 3
GEOG 559 Advanced Geographic Information Systems 3
ENVS 571 GIS and Water Resources 3
GEOG 590 Special Topics (Web Mapping) 3


Course Descriptions

    • What can I do with a certificate in Applied Geospatial Technology (AGT)?
      Our Graduate Certificate in Applied Geospatial Technology (AGT) can provide various career opportunities in fields such as environmental science, urban planning, agriculture, and more. You will have the knowledge and skills to work as a GIS (Geographic Information Systems) technician, spatial analyst, cartographer, or geospatial analyst. Some roles may involve collecting, managing, and analyzing geographic data to make informed decisions and solve real-world problems.
    • What is the difference between earning an undergraduate certificate or an undergraduate degree?
      Earning the AGT certificate requires a shorter time-commitment than a full bachelor's program. Certificate programs often focus on developing specific skills or expertise in a particular area, such as geospatial technology. Alternatively, a bachelor’s degree program provides a broader and more in-depth education on a specific area of interest in addition to general knowledge. The choice between pursuing a certificate program or a bachelor’s degree depends on your career goals, financial considerations, and availability among other factors.
    • What type of skills will I learn in this program?
      In this program, you can expect to gain skills in GIS software, spatial analysis, data collection, data visualization, and geospatial database management. These skills will enable you to work with geographic data, create maps, conduct spatial analysis, and solve real-world problems using geospatial technology.
    • What are the admission requirements?
      Admission to the Applied Geospatial Technologies Certificate program includes a high school diploma from a regionally accredited institution (GED or equivalent accepted by petition), a minimum high school GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale), and a composite ACT score of 20 or higher. For steps to apply and more details on the admission requirements, click here.
    • Will any of my credit hours transfer into a bachelor’s program?
      All credits earned in this program can be applied toward a bachelor’s degree from the Department of Geography and Geosciences at the University of Louisville. Please contact us for more information.
    • Is there financial aid available?
      Currently we do not offer financial aid for this program. Please see our Financial Aid for more information.