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.
*Loyola undergraduates completing coursework at Tulane through a consortium agreement are not eligible to receive the certificate.
Students intending to complete the certificate should declare their enrollment in the GIS Certificate program by completing the 'Major/Minor Declaration' form to the Newcomb-Tulane College Academic Advising Center. Students should list 'GIS Certificate' as a minor and request the necessary signatures, including from the GIS Certificate Program Director.
Students should complete the Declaration of Intent form when they decide to pursue the GIS Certificate. This allows the faculty to coordinate the number and frequency of certificate course offerings.
In their final semester, students should complete the GIS Certificate Completion form to the program director (see below) for certification of course requirements pending in-progress courses.
GIS Certificate Program
Dr. Keena Kareem, Interim Advisor
Dept. of Earth & Environmental Sciences
101 Blessey Hall
New Orleans, LA 70118