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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Certificate Program

Program Overview

Tulane University offers the region's first complete certificate program in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences offer a GIS Certificate for undergraduate students and graduate students. GIS offers an integral aspect for supporting decision making in a variety of fields such as physical and environmental sciences, urban planning and management, political science, civil engineering, economy/business, education administration, real estate, public health and health care. The primary goal of the program is to ensure that students become sufficiently grounded in the concepts and theory behind GIS including organization, management, and visualization of geospatial data. Students will have the opportunity to gain valuable GIS knowledge and skills that can be applied to careers in both academia and industry. GIS certificates will provide Tulane students and professionals additional future career opportunities and enhance their present positions. The GIS certificate is a 13-hour program administered by the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

GIS model for land loss in Cupits Gap subdelta in southern Louisiana.
GIS model for land loss in Cupits Gap
subdelta in southern Louisiana. 

GIS model for concentration of Ozone in California.
GIS model for concentration of Ozone in




Coursework consists of TWO core courses, and TWO elective course. Students will need to complete a minimum of 13 credits while in the program. Students may transfer 6 credits of required coursework taken previously (approval needed if taken at another institution). Students cannot transfer more than 3 credits of special topics courses.

  • Required Courses
  1. EENS 3150/6150 (EBIO 6150) “Introduction to GIS” (4 Credits), Fall and Summer
  2. EENS 4030/6030  “Advanced GIS” (3 Credits), Spring and Summer
  • Elective Courses
  1. EENS 4180/6180: Introduction to Remote Sensing (3 Credits), Fall
  2. EENS 4380/6380: Remote Sensing for Environmental Analysis(3 Credits), Spring
  3. EENS 4390/6390: Geospatial Data Analysis” (3 Credits), Fall
  4. ANTH 7096: “GIS in Archaeology” (3 Credits), Fall
  5. Special Topics: (3 Credits), student can use GIS and Remote Sensing in any research topic. (Independent study should be approved by the Director of GIS program), Fall, Spring, Summer. Students cannot exceed 3 credits for special topic courses.


  • Locate your dream job as Geoscientist, Geospatial Analyst, GIS Analyst, GIS Data Manager, GIS Developer, GIS Specialist, GIS Technician, and Project Manager.
  • The geospatial market is growing at an annual rate of nearly 35%, with commercial ventures increasing at a rate of 100% each year. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the median wages for a Geographic Information Systems Technicians, Scientists, or Technologists are $86,510 per year nationwide.


  • Undergraduate GIS Certificate Program
    There are no requirements for Tulane undergraduate students. No prior knowledge of GIS is required.
  • Graduate GIS Certificate Program
    Students must be admitted as a graduate student at Tulane University in order to apply for the GIS certificate program. No prior knowledge of GIS is required.

Apply Now

Students should enroll in the GIS Certificate Program within the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences by completing the required application material and sending it electronically to the program director. To receive the GIS Certificate students must fulfill the requirements of the program by completing the required courses. Once these are completed students must fill out the GIS Completion Form and have it signed by the director of the GIS Certificate Program and the Chair of the department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. A letter containing the student’s name, student ID # will be sent to the Dean of School of Science and Engineering who will alert the transcript office so that completion of the GIS certificate program can be recorded on the student transcripts. Copies of the signed form and letter should be returned to the director of the program. Once the signed form and letter are returned to the program directors, the Certificate Program will issue the certificate of completion to the student.

Download the Application Form

Contact Us

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