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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Certificate Programs

Page address: http://sbs.mnsu.edu/geography/programs/certificateprograms/

GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCE (GISc) CERTIFICATE (GEOGRAPHY) (18-20 credits)  

Students will receive a fundamental knowledge and understanding of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing technologies with the option to focus more intensively on advanced GIS, Remote Sensing or Global Positioning Systems (GPS) principles and applications.  

Major Common Core
GEOG  373  Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (4)
GEOG  473  Intermediate GIS (4)
GEOG  474  Introduction to Remote Sensing (4)  

Major Restricted Electives (choose 6-8 credits)
GEOG  480 must be the “Seminar: Environmental Hazards
GEOG  439  Transportation Modeling & GIS (4)
GEOG  471  Digital Field Mapping with GPS (4)
GEOG  475  Applied Remote Sensing & GIS (4)
GEOG  476  Spatial Statistics  (3)
GEOG  478  Spatial Analysis with GIS  (3)
GEOG  479  GIS Practicum  (1-4)
GEOG  480  Seminar (1-4)

GEOMORPHOLOGY AND EARTH SURFACE PROCESSES CERTIFICATE(EARTH SCIENCE PROGRAM) (You must take at least 16 total credits)

Geomorphology is the study of the form and character of the Earth’s surface. Earth Surface Processes shape and transform our planet’s landscape. Students will develop a broad theoretical understanding and learn to apply specific analytical skill to the field of Geomorphology through a multi-disciplinary curriculum in Geography, Geology and Anthropology.

Major Common Core
Take either GEOG 315 or GEOG 415 and also takeGEOG 410
GEOG  315 Geomorphology (3)
GEOG  410 Climatic Environments (3)
GEOG  415 Earth Surface Processes (4)

Major Restricted Electives (choose one from the following)

GEOG  411   Soils Geomorphology (3)
GEOG  416 Fluvial Geomorphology and Hydrology (4)

Major Unrestricted Electives
At least six credits must be taken. Choose courses from two of the three listed departments. GEOG 411 and GEOG 416 can be taken as an unrestricted elec- tive if they were not taken as a restricted elective.

ANTH  331 Environmental Anthropology (3)
GEOG  411 Soils Geomorphology (3)
GEOG  416 Fluvial Geomorphology and Hydrology (4)
GEOG  440 Field Studies (1-4)
GEOL  201 Elements of Mineralogy (4)
GEOL  320W Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (4)

Students highly interested in Geomorphology & Earth Surface Processes are also encouraged to take GEOL 302: Petrology (4) and Geology 330: Structural Geology (4)

A new course will be added in the spring of 2017 - GEOG 417: Quaternary Environment. Please inquire with Dr. Larson (phillip.larson@mnsu.edu) if you are interested.