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2018-2019 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Geographic Information Science Certificate

This certificate provides experience in quantitative spatial analysis using Geographic Information Systems software, remotely sensed imagery and field-derived data, and effective communication through maps. The certificate serves as a supplement to standard degree programs. Further information on the GIScience Certificate is available from the Geography undergraduate advisor, and online at www.csulb.edu/geography.

This certificate program is eligible for Financial Aid. Please see the department web site for required Federal disclosure information.


  1. A bachelor’s degree, which may be earned concurrently.
  2. Consultation with the certificate advisor in the Geography Department.

A minimum of 23 units distributed as follows:

Core Courses.

Take all the following courses:


(three courses)

Students are encouraged to select a specialization in one of the following three areas, although courses can be selected between categories with advisor approval.


One of the following courses may be substituted for the above courses with advisor consent: GEOG 446 , GEOG 492 , GEOG 494 , GEOG 497 , GEOG 697 , GEOG 680 .

Substitutions may also be made for courses in database, computer programming, surveying and/or web design and visualization with approval from the Certificate Advisor.