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Geographic Information System (GIS)

GIS is a rapidly growing technology used to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, and display all types of geographic information on the Earth's surface.

Because of its broad applications, the GIS Certificate is open to ALL undergraduate students.




To add the GIS certificate to your plan of study:

  • Log into the myWSU portal, find the Student Tools box (center of the page) and click "Change my Major/Minor."
  • Click continue (this will show your current major and minor).
  • Click continue, then click on "Add a certificate" and choose your certificate program. Click continue and submit request.

GIS is an essential skill for students anticipating employment in industries that use spatially-referenced data. Examples of fields that use GIS technologies include anthropologists, city planners, civil engineers, communication advertisers, environmental scientists, geographers, geologists, historians, political scientists, and social workers.

GIS Practitioners at Wichita State


GIS Certificate Curriculum

The undergraduate certificate is open to all WSU undergraduate students from any background.

All you have to do to earn the certificate is to complete 12 credits of coursework in areas such as spatial analysis, mapping, programming languages, database management, field map methods, and remote sensing.


Products from GIS Applications and Data


Products from GIS Applications and Data

Telling the "Tale"

ArcGIS StoryMaps is an ArcGIS-based application that allows users to narrate remarkable stories with conventional maps that enlighten and inspire others.

Most people debated that traditional journal articles can sometimes be hard to read. They are often wordier than a presentation and can be viewed as more boring. Conversely, StoryMaps can grab the reader's attention with its various features. In building your StoryMaps, you can use different media types such as pictures, videos, and maps. Story Maps is better than the traditional journal articles by taking students to that place with pictures and updated interactive 2D and 3D maps. Additionally, interacting with a more creative report will make it better and more fun for the students/users.

Therefore, the GIS certification advisory board believes that introducing the ArcGIS StoryMaps to the students provides students' narrative a stronger sense of spatial relationships or visual appeal and credibility to their ideas, but it is also a timely manner.

Who can take GIS?

Program Coordinator

Dr. Peer H. Moore-Jansen
Professor and Department Chair 
Department of Anthropology

Wichita State University
1845 Fairmount

Wichita, KS 67260-0052 

(316) 978-7059