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Graduate Certificates


Please contact the Certificate Program Director or Graduate Program Specialist with any questions regarding the Environmental Policy & Management or Geographic Information Science Graduate Certificate programs.

Graduate Program Contacts

Env. Policy & Mgmt. Certificate Director
Dr. Ruiliang Pu
Office: NES 213
Phone: 813/974-1508
Email: rpu@usf.edu
GIS Certificate Director
Dr. Steven Reader
Office: NES 307
Phone: Email Preferred
Email: sreader@usf.edu
Graduate Program Specialist
Ms. Davina St. Catherine
Office: NES 206
Phone: 813/974-9854
Email: dstcatherine@usf.edu

To apply, please review the information contained on the USF Graduate Certificates site and the links therein.

Environmental Policy & Management Graduate Certificate

As we proceed into the 21st century, the environment represents one of the most critical issues facing nearly all nations individually as well as the earth's community as a whole. Increased population, greater consumption and diminishing resources combined with technological advances and new scientific revelations all play an important role in the study of the environment. By now, we realize that the environment is a multidisciplinary field where neither problems nor solutions honor traditional disciplinary boundaries. It is a field where information is fast flowing and technologies are rapidly evolving.

The Graduate Certificate in Environmental Policy and Management fills this need by providing a broad-based, multidisciplinary educational program to professionals, practitioners, citizens and students who wish to acquire or strengthen their knowledge of the environment.

The Certificate is designed for:

  • Environmental professionals with science and engineering degrees who wish to seek a greater understanding of the political, economic and social context in which science is applied to the real world.
  • Public administrators who are not specifically trained in the environmental field but are currently working in this area.
  • Professionals in organizations that deal, either primarily or heavily, with environmental issues.
  • Environmental professionals who wish to strengthen their managerial skills.
  • Graduate students enrolled in other disciplines who wish to make the emerging environmental field the focus of their career.
  • Undergraduate students who are not ready to pursue a graduate degree but wish to strengthen their credentials.
  • Concerned citizens who wish to pursue the satisfaction of intellectual exploration in the environmental field.

Program Requirements

Required courses for the major
Course Descriptions

Please note that a planner for tracking certificate program progress can be printed by clicking on the "Degree Planner" icon on the top right of the Graduate Catalog entry.

Geographic Information Science Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science is directed at managers and administrators in the public and private sectors, technical professionals, decision-makers, and others involved in the planning, implementation and use of Geographical Information Systems. Individuals who have recently completed formal post-secondary education in GIS-related disciplines, as well as those individuals who have substantial relevant work experience and who wish to upgrade their skills, will benefit from this certificate program. The emphasis in the program is on the advanced applications of GIS and statistical methods to spatial problem solving.

Admission to the program is competitive and based on academic merit and/or relevant work experience. Students will be selected on the basis of information included in the application. Students who have not recently taken any GIS courses and do not have any relevant working experience are strongly encouraged to take GIS 5049, GIS for Non-Majors, prior to starting the program. This course is offered in Spring and Fall terms every year, and occasionally in Summer.

Program Requirements

Required courses for the major
Course Descriptions

Please note that a degree for tracking certificate program progress can be printed by clicking on the "Degree Planner" icon on the top right of the Graduate Catalog entry.