Geographical Information Systems Minor and Certificate

Pursue your studies in this specialized field of geography.

What is Geographical Information Systems?

At Park University’s, our Geographical Information Systems Minor and Certificate is designed to prepare you for technology careers in fields such as natural sciences, social sciences and business. Geographical information systems is a computer-based method of collecting, managing, analyzing, modeling, and presenting geographic or spatial data. It can be used to route emergency vehicles through communities, develop location-specific emergency warning systems, choose the best location for a business to open a new franchise and more.

Locations & Learning Options

As you pursue a Minor or Certificate in Geographical Information Systems, you will be able to take face-to-face classes at our Parkville, Missouri campus. You may also take classes online.

The Geographical Information Systems Minor requires a minimum of 21 completed credit hours and the Certificate requires 15 completed credit hours. Refer to your catalog for a complete listing of coursework for this degree.


  • Online
  • Parkville

Greg Claycomb

Dr. Gregory D. Claycomb

Chair, Department of Natural & Physical Sciences
Professor of Chemistry

Ho-Seop Cha

Dr. Ho-Seop Cha

Program Coordinator
Assistant Professor of Geography

Gain the specialized knowledge you need for a career in geographical information systems.

With the Geographical Information Systems Minor or certificate from Park University, you’ll learn the theoretical, conceptual, and practical aspects of the collection, storage, analysis, and display of spatial data.

Geographical Information Systems Careers

  • Urban Planner
  • Cartographer
  • Geographical Information Systems Data Analyst
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Geographical Information Systems Program Highlights

Students who pursue a Minor or certificate in Geographical Information Systems will take courses in spatial analysis, cartography, remote sensing and managing information systems. As a student in this program, you will have the opportunity to apply your skills and gain real-world experience with required laboratory computer projects and an internship in geographical information systems.

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Park University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Park University is a private, non-profit, institution of higher learning since 1875.