Remote Sensing and GIS Certificate

Background Information

The Remote Sensing and GIS Certificate program is open to UNO students from any major (including non-degree students), both graduate and undergraduate. It provides instruction in a number of areas involving cartography, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and remote sensing.


These courses are designed to be taken in a logical sequence (i.e., 4805 4830; and 4810 - 4820). Please plan your course schedule accordingly. To help you with charting out your educational experience, the following list of certificate requirements contains an indication of the semesters during which courses are typically offered (F- Fall; S-Spring).


A minimum grade of "C" has to be achieved in order to have a course count towards proficiency. At least 75% of the courses must be taken at UNO. In the case of courses taken at other institutions, you should write a letter to Dr. James Lowry describing the course in question (include a syllabus or similar information). This should allow the techniques faculty to judge the appropriateness of that particular course.


If you are coming to UNO specifically to take the RS/GIS courses, you must apply for admission early in the spring semester or sooner to register for fall courses. The fall GEOG 4805/5805 courses are enrolled to maximum capacity by the time summer school starts.


If you are a non-degree student who already has an undergraduate degree you can enroll either as a non-degree undergraduate or non-degree graduate. The most significant differences are that graduate students have a larger workload and that those considering enrolling as a degree-seeking graduate student at some point in the future may want to take the courses at the graduate level so they may count towards that future degree.



RS/GIS Certificate Required Courses:

     GEOG 4805 (F) - Fundamentals of Mapping and GIS
     GEOG 4830 (S) - GIS Theories and Concepts
     GEOG 4810 (F) - Remote Sensing I

     GEOG 4820 (S) - Remote Sensing II



Below you will find a link to a printable form which you should fill in and hand to the Administrative Assistant in MH 352 once you have fulfilled the certificate requirements:

What is GIS? What can it do? Who uses it, and where? Did you know you can take classes on campus? The following links can illuminate a few of your questions: 


Louisiana Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (local chapter)


Urban and Regional Information Systems Association  (national organization)


GIS proprietary software, ArcGIS  (at least two computer labs on campus have this loaded)

Popular Opensource GIS software, QGIS (free; all OS)

ArcGIS Online (free to all K-12 students and schools in America)

Crowdsource mapping, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (free sign-up)

Crowdsource mapping, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team Task Manager (armchair mapping)