Foundations in Geographic Information Science for Natural Resources Certificate

  • Programs Offered

    • Certificate
  • Delivery Options

    • Online
    • On-Campus
    • Accelerated
  • Credits

    • 9 credits
  • Timeline

    • One–three semesters

Enhance Geospatial Skills for Modern GIS and Remote Sensing

Professionals of STEM fields/industry are conscious of the exponential growth and need for GIS and Remote Sensing in our complex, interdependent, and rapidly changing world/ecosystem. Living in times where data is abundant, GIS builds the bridge between data and map especially location data (“where”) with various types of useful information (“what”) at that location, which in sync provides the vision and foundation for analysis and mapping used in almost every industry/field where science is involved.

In a world where human-induced climate change is present more then ever, natural disasters, wildfires, deforestation, severe droughts, overpopulation, earthquakes, flash floods, fresh water crisis, ocean warming have become so prevalent that it becomes crucial for us to understand them. Our on-campus and online foundations in geographic information science for natural resources certificate provides you the tools to understand, explain, answer and resolve some of these challenges and in return helps create a sustainable, secure, healthy, and equitable future for everyone. Be a part of this program and contribute towards the kind of world you want to see.

Who is This Certificate For?

This certificate is for qualified professionals who want to enhance their skill set and can be a foundation to continue toward a graduate degree. It is also valuable for degree-seeking students looking to develop a concentration that gives them an edge in their career path. Anyone interested in building a career in natural resource management, geography, geology, civil and environmental engineering, sustainability, surveying, data science, academia, public safety, transportation, real estate, petroleum, and telecommunication can leverage their newly acquired skills to advance their careers.

What You Need to Know

Students in the graduate certificate in foundations in geographic information science for natural resources will be able to prepare, analyze, code, visualize, map, and process various geospatial datasets. The curriculum integrates foundations in GIS and Remote Sensing and builds strong hands-on skills working with vast collection of open-source data solving real-world problems.


To enroll in this certificate program, students must have a preferred major of natural resource, surveying, geography, or civil and environmental engineering preferred, but other majors will be considered. See complete admissions requirements.

Accelerated Option

Michigan Tech Bachelor's + 1 Semester = Accelerated Graduate Certificate

Current Michigan Tech undergraduates or recent alumni, get started right away. Our accelerated graduate certificates are a fast, affordable way to add graduate credentials to your bachelor's degree in as little as one semester. Be more marketable in your industry or prepare for your master's degree. Explore accelerated certificate options.


This graduate certificate requires a minimum of 9 total credits. Students may apply the credits earned for this certificate toward a graduate degree at Michigan Tech.


Graduate Director

Parth Bhatt

Graduate Assistant

Marjorie Banovetz

Faculty Spotlight

"GIS and Remote Sensing are at the forefront of modern science and technology. It helps visualize, analyze, and decode the answers to what kind of world we want for ourselves"
Phatt Bhatt

Parth Bhatt

  • Assistant Teaching Professor/Researcher
  • College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Application Process and Admissions Requirements

Applications are reviewed on an individual basis using a holistic approach. Fill out our free graduate application online to apply to any of our programs. Official transcripts and scores are not required for the initial application, although you will need to upload them later.

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Michigan Tech has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1928. Our Graduate School offers over 125 certificates, master's, and PhD programs to provide our students and the world with what tomorrow needs.