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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Certificate Program

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Tulane University offers a certificate program in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). GIS interfaces, like ESRI ArcGIS, are focused on integration, management and interpretation of remote and ground-based datasets and are important tools for a variety of fields, including physical and environmental sciences, life science, urban planning and management, political science, civil engineering, anthropology, economy/business, education administration, real estate, public health and health care.

The primary goal of this certificate program is to ensure that students become grounded in GIS concepts and theory including organization, management, and visualization of geospatial data, as well as in the acquisition and interpretation of remote datasets.


A minimum of 13 credits distributed over two required courses and two electives is necessary to complete the GIS certificate. This coursework is typically completed over two years for most undergraduate students.

  • Required Courses
  1. EENS 3150/6150: Introduction to GIS (4 Credits)
  2. EENS 4030/6030: Advanced GIS (3 Credits)
  • Elective Courses
  1. EENS 4180/6180: Introduction to Remote Sensing (3 Credits)
  2. EENS 4380/6380: Remote Sensing for Environmental Analysis (3 Credits)
  3. EENS 4390/6390: Geospatial Data Analysis (3 Credits)
  4. EENS 4370: GIS Research Project (3 credits)


  • Undergraduate GIS Certificate Program
    Applicants must be Tulane undergraduate students, though no prior knowledge of GIS is required.
  • Graduate GIS Certificate Program
    Students must be admitted to a graduate program at Tulane University in order to apply for the GIS Certificate program. No prior knowledge of GIS is required. Loyola University undergraduate students completing coursework at Tulane are not eligible to receive the certificate.
  • Professional GIS Certificate Program
    Under Development

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Students should complete the Declaration of Intent form when they decide to pursue the GIS Certificate. This lets us know the number and frequency of certificate courses to offer. Once the required courses are completed, students will need to fill out the GIS Completion Form and submit it to the director of the GIS Certificate Program.

Contact Us

GIS Certificate Program
Dr. Nathan Hopkins, Committee Chair
Dept. of Earth & Environmental Sciences 
101 Blessey Hall 
New Orleans, LA 70118
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Phone: 504-865-5198 
Fax: 504-865-5199