Academic Calendar Winter/Summer 2019

Geography and the Environment

Geographic Information Systems certificate

A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a computerized data management system that allows us to visualize, investigate, and interpret information related to our world. GIS has become increasingly prevalent in industry, research and academia within a wide variety of fields. Applications of GIS range from creating maps displaying information of interest to using spatial analyses to detect relationships, patterns, and trends in location-based data. As such, GIS can be an essential tool for mapping, research, and decision making.

The GIS certificate program is designed to provide students with the core concepts underlying the use of location-based GIS data as well as the essential software skills necessary for work in both public and private sectors.

This program combines courses in the Geography, Computer Information Systems and Mathematics departments into a certificate. The program consists of a minimum of 31 credits.

Entrance requirements

  1. B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent.
  2. C or better in one of the following: Pre-calculus 11, Foundations of Mathematics 11, Principles of Mathematics 11, MATH 085, Principles of Mathematics 12, Foundations of Mathematics 12, Pre-calculus 12, MATH 094, or MATH 096.
  3. Applicants must meet the Entry-level English language proficiency requirement. For details on how this requirement may be met, see the English language proficiency requirement section of the calendar.

Note: Competency in computer skills is required. See the CIS Required Skills section on the CIS department website for details.

Fees and additional costs

See the Fees and Other Costs section.

Program requirements

Course Title Credits
GEOG 253 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 4
GEOG 353 GIS Applications 4
GEOG 453 Remote Sensing of the Environment 4
GEOG 454 Geospatial Data Analysis and Modeling 4
GEOG 458 GIS Project 4
One of the following: 3-4
COMP 120 Computing for the Sciences
COMP 150 Introduction to Programming
COMP 152 Introduction to Structured Programming
COMP 155 Object-Oriented Programming
One of the following: 4
STAT 104 Introductory Statistics
STAT 106 Statistics I
MATH 270/
STAT 270
Introduction to Probability and Statistics
One of the following: 4
GEOG 252 Explanation in Geography: Quantitative Methods
SOC 355/
ANTH 355/
MACS 355
Quantitative Research Methods


A minimum of 8 credits towards the certificate must be taken at UFV.

Undergraduate continuance

Students enrolled in undergraduate courses (courses numbered 100 or above) must maintain an undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.00 to remain enrolled in Good Academic Standing at UFV. Students in Good Academic Standing will have no registration limits placed on them. Failure to meet the minimum CGPA requirement will result in restrictions on registration and may eventually lead to academic suspension from undergraduate studies at UFV. Students on Academic Warning or Academic Probation are limited to registering in 10 credits. For further details, see the Academic standing and undergraduate continuance section of the academic calendar. Academic standing is governed by UFV’s Undergraduate Continuance policy (92).

Course listings

For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.

Current Students