Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis Graduate Certificate

August 21, 2019
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With an increasing demand for professionals trained in geospatial technologies, WVU is answering the call with its Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Spatial Analysis Graduate Certificate. Offered jointly through the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design and the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, the program is ideal for graduate students and working professionals who desire advanced training in this high-growth industry. The program incorporates predictive modeling, data exploration, technical issues, programming, spatial hydrology, and remote sensing into the curriculum, making it the first of its kind in West Virginia.


West Virginia University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


  • Introductory level knowledge of computer science and use. No specific course or level experience is required, but the expectation is a level of competence with computer use and experience with applications involving word processing, spreadsheets, etc.
  • Knowledge of statistics (comparable in content to STAT 211 Elementary Statistical Inference or ECON 425 Introductory Econometrics at WVU).
  • An introductory GIS class focusing on theory, applications, and GIS computer-based software competency (comparable in content to RESM 440 Foundations of Applied GIS or GEOG 350 Geographic Info Science at WVU).


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for academic year 2018-2019


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The certificate is 15 credit hours consisting of four classes focusing on introductory and advanced methods of spatial data analysis, and one independent study course (RESM 585) which provides credit for the project and paper requirements of the certificate.


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Curriculum is as follows:

RESM 540 Geospatial Modeling

This course covers statistical spatial data analysis with an emphasis on measuring geographic distributions, mapping clusters, performing pattern analysis, applying and interpreting spatial regression techniques, and creating interpolated surfaces.

RESM 545 Spatial Hydrology

Applied spatial hydrology using GIS; integrates statistical modeling and terrain analysis; provides insights into water quality and quantity analysis for local and regional watershed scales.

RESM 575 Spatial Analysis for Resource Management

This course covers advanced Geography Information System (GIS) and spatial analysis for natural resource and environmental management with an emphasis on predictive modeling.

GEOG 550 Geographic Information Science

Principles and practice of geographical information science. Geospatial data handling for research, planning and decision making. Spatial analysis, information production, and display.

RESM 585 GIS and Spatial Analysis Project

Provides an opportunity for students to pursue a research interest in the spatial sciences with development of an applied spatial project and paper. Guidance and direction will be provided to assure relevant integration of the geospatial techniques to address the problem addressed.

Career Information

Students who graduate from WVU Online with the GIS and Spatial Analysis Graduate Certificate degree may be prepared for the following careers. These are only a few examples of some of the many opportunities that will be open to you with this degree. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for some positions.


Geospatial Information Scientist or Technologist

Growth: 2-4%


Growth: 14% or higher

Remote Sensing Scientist or Technologist

Growth: 1%

Geography Teacher

Growth: 5-8%

City and Regional Planning Aide

Growth: 5-8%
Information about careers on this list comes from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).