Geographic Information System (GIS) and GeoInformatics

Degrees Offered

  • Master of Science in GIS & GeoInformatics (Non-Thesis)
  • Graduate Certificate of GIS & GeoInformatics: Geospatial Information Technology
  • Graduate Certificate of GIS & GeoInformatics:  GIS for Geohazards Evaluation
  • Graduate Certificate of GIS & GeoInformatics:  GIS for Environmental Studies
  • Graduate Certificate of GIS & GeoInformatics:  GIS for Environmental Studies
  • Graduate Certificate of GIS & GeoInformatics:  GIS for Natural Resources Assessment

Program Description

The interdisciplinary online program in Geographic Information System (GIS) and GeoInformatics focus on the applications of GIS technology, hands-on geospatial training, multi-criteria decision making, advanced application and quantitative analysis aspects of GIS and Remote Sensing (RS), and are directly aligned with Colorado School of Mines' focuses and strengths on Earth, Energy and Environment. Our programs will enhance students’ quantitative geospatial data analysis skills, help the students get ahead of the technology curve, and enable professionals to advance their careers.

Program Director

Wendy Zhou, Graduate Dean & Associate Professor, Engineering Geology & GIS

Program Associate Director

Sebnem Duzgun, Professor, Fred Banfield Endowed Chair in Mining Engineering

Professors

Terri Hogue, Hydrology and Water Resources, Professor

Paul Santi, Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, Professor

Kamini Singha, Hydrogeology, Professor, Fryrear Chairs for Innovation and Excellence

Teaching Associate Professor

Wendy Fisher, Computer Science, Teaching Associate Professor

Arthur Lakes Library

Carol Smith, University Librarian

Colorado Geological Survey

Kevin McCoy, Engineeering Geologist

Certificate and Degree Requirements

We offer four graduate certificates and a non-thesis Master’s degree. The courses taken for certificate degrees can be used towards the Master’s degree.

The Graduate Certificate Program in GIS & GeoInformatics outlined below may be completed by individuals already holding undergraduate or advanced degrees or as a combined degree program by individuals already matriculated as undergraduate students at The Colorado School of Mines. The program is comprised of:

The Graduate Certificate Programs in GIS & GeoInformatics outlined below may be completed by individuals already holding an undergraduate or advanced degree or as a combined degree program by individuals already matriculated as undergraduate students at The Colorado School of Mines. The program is comprised of:

Course Work 12.0 Hours
Total Semester Hrs 12.0 Hours

Up to 3.0 credit hours can be at the 300- or 400- level and the remainder will be 500 or 600 level as listed below.

There are four certificates with different specialization areas, namely Geospatial Information Technology, Geohazards Evaluation, Environmental Studies and Natural Resources Assessment.

Graduate Certificate of GIS & GeoInformatics: Geospatial Information Technology 

Students working towards a Graduate Certificate of GIS & GeoInformatics with specialization in Geospatial Information Technology are required to take any four of the following courses:

GEGN542ADVANCED ENGINEERING GEOMORPHOLOGY3.0
GEGN575APPLICATIONS OF GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS3.0
GEGN580APPLIED REMOTE SENSING FOR GEOENGINEERING AND GEOSCIENCES3.0
GEGN588ADVANCED GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS3.0
MNGN5XX Big Data Analytics for Earth Resources Sciences and Engineering3.0
CSCI303INTRODUCTION TO DATA SCIENCE3.0

Graduate Certificate of GIS & GeoInformatics: Geohazards Evaluation 

Students working towards a Graduate Certificate of GIS & GeoInformatics with specialization in Geohazards Evaluation are required to take:

Two Required Courses:
GEGN542ADVANCED ENGINEERING GEOMORPHOLOGY3.0
GEGN575APPLICATIONS OF GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS3.0
And, any two of the following courses:
GEGN532GEOLOGICAL DATA ANALYSIS3.0
GEGN579PYTHON SCRIPTING FOR GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS3.0
GEGN580APPLIED REMOTE SENSING FOR GEOENGINEERING AND GEOSCIENCES3.0
GEGN588ADVANCED GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS3.0
MNGN5XX Big Data Analytics for Earth Resources Sciences and Engineering3.0

Graduate Certificate of GIS & GeoInformatics: Environmental Studies 

Students working towards a Graduate Certificate of GIS & GeoInformatics with specialization in Environmental Studies are required to take:

Two Required Courses:
CEEN581WATERSHED SYSTEMS MODELING3.0
GEGN542ADVANCED ENGINEERING GEOMORPHOLOGY3.0
And, any two of the following courses:
GEGN532GEOLOGICAL DATA ANALYSIS3.0
GEGN579PYTHON SCRIPTING FOR GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS3.0
GEGN580APPLIED REMOTE SENSING FOR GEOENGINEERING AND GEOSCIENCES3.0
GEGN588ADVANCED GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS3.0
CSCI303INTRODUCTION TO DATA SCIENCE3.0

Graduate Certificate of GIS & GeoInformatics: Natural Resources Assessment 

Students working towards a Graduate Certificate of GIS & GeoInformatics with specialization in Natural Resources Assessment are required to take:

Two Required Courses:
MNGN4XX Mine Closure and Reclamation3.0
MNGN5XX Big Data Analytics for Earth Resources Sciences and Engineering3.0
And, any two of the following courses:
GEGN532GEOLOGICAL DATA ANALYSIS3.0
GEGN575APPLICATIONS OF GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS3.0
GEGN579PYTHON SCRIPTING FOR GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS3.0
GEGN580APPLIED REMOTE SENSING FOR GEOENGINEERING AND GEOSCIENCES3.0
GEGN588ADVANCED GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS3.0

The Master of Engineering (Non-Thesis) Program in GIS & GeoInformatics

The Master of Engineering (Non-Thesis) Program outlined below may be completed by individuals already holding undergraduate or advanced degrees or as a combined degree program by individuals already matriculated as undergraduate students at Colorado School of Mines. Courses taken while working on any of the four GIS & GeoInformatics graduate certificates can be applied to this Master of Engineering program. The program is comprised of:

SYGN588GIS-BASED REAL WORLD LEARNING PROJECT6.0
Core Course Work24.0
Total Semester Hrs30.0

Up to 9.0 credit hours can be at the 300- or 400- level listed below and the remainder will be 500 or 600 level.

All Master of Engineering (Non-Thesis) program will include the following core requirements:
GEGN575APPLICATIONS OF GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS3.0
SYGN588GIS-BASED REAL WORLD LEARNING PROJECT1-6
And, any seven of the following courses:
GEGN542ADVANCED ENGINEERING GEOMORPHOLOGY3.0
GEGN532GEOLOGICAL DATA ANALYSIS3.0
GEGN579PYTHON SCRIPTING FOR GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS3.0
GEGN580APPLIED REMOTE SENSING FOR GEOENGINEERING AND GEOSCIENCES3.0
GEGN588ADVANCED GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS3.0
CSCI303INTRODUCTION TO DATA SCIENCE3.0
CEEN581WATERSHED SYSTEMS MODELING3.0
MNGN4XX Mine Closure and Reclamation3.0
MNGN5XX Big Data Analytics for Earth Resources Sciences and Engineering3.0

Mines Combined Undergraduate / Graduate Program

Students enrolled in Mine's Combined Undergraduate/Graduate Program (meaning uninterrupted registration from the time the student earns a Mines undergraduate degree to the time the student begins a Mines graduate degree) may double count up to six hours of credits which were used in fulfilling the requirements of their undergraduate degree at Mines, towards their graduate program. Any courses that count towards the graduate degree requirements as either "Required Coursework" or "Elective Coursework", as defined below, may be used for the purposes of double counting at the discretion of the advisor (MS Non-Thesis) or thesis committee (MS Thesis or Ph.D.). These courses must have been passed with a "B-" or better and meet all other University, Department, Division, and Program requirements for graduate credit.