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Home > Campuses & Centers > Loudoun > Academic Divisions > Communication and Human Studies Division > Geography and Geospatial Technology > GIS Certificate Program > Curriculum

Loudon campus GCPI


Core, Technical Elective and Elective Courses

The career studies certificate requires a minimum of 28 credits as shown below. A minimum grade of "C“ for each class is required. GIS courses added to the NOVA curriculum in future will be considered in meeting the GIS requirement.

Core Courses (22 hours required) Credit Hours
ENG/CST English/Communication Studies 3
GIS200 Geographic Information Systems I 3
GIS201 Geographic Information Systems II 3
GIS203 Cartography 3
GIS205 GIS 3-Dimensional Analysis 3
GIS290 GIS Internship 1
(1 to 3 hours, based on advisor input)
GIS255 Viewing Our World: Intro to Remote Sensing 3
GEO220 World Regional Geography 3

Technical Elective Courses (3 hours required) Credit Hours
GIS2XX GIS Elective 3
GEO200 Intro to Physical Geography 3
GEO210 Intro to Cultural Geography 3
ITD110 Web Page Design (or higher ITD) 3
ITN101 Intro to Network Concepts (or higher ITN) 3
ITP112 Visual (or higher ITP) 3
MTH241 Statistics I (or Math163 or higher) 3

Elective Courses (3 hours required) Credit Hours
Biology (especially Ecology) 3
Chemistry 3
Engineering 3
Environmental Science 3
Geography 3
Geology 3
History 3
Physics 3
Mathematics 3
Information Technology 3
Marketing 3

To be credited toward the certificate, minimum grade of "C" for each class is required. All first-time students must take a one-credit SDV course prior to enrolling in their 16th credit at NOVA.

For further information contact Janice Ouellette,