Geospatial Analysis and Mapping

The GAM Certificate provides students with experience and knowledge in the theory and application of GIS.  Students learn the basic components of GIS and spatial data, understand problems that arise in data acquisition and analysis, and develop a sound background in cartographic principles.  

The courses required for the program are "hands-on", balancing the development of skill and confidence with the knowledge to solve complex spatial and temporal problems.  Most of the courses are project-based, where students use GIS, or develop tools, to solve real world problems; thus, when finished, students have a portfolio of deliverables that reflect newly acquired technical and critical thinking skills.

Our Alumni

Students who have participated in this program have received internships/employment at Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), Michigan Tech Research Institute, numerous consulting firms (i.e. FTC&H), municipalities (i.e. Livonia, Novi), and private organizations.  Additionally, several graduates have continued their GIS education in reputable postgraduate programs throughout the U.S.

Contact us

Please contact the GAM Program Director with any questions: 

Dr. Jacob Napieralski
University of Michigan - Dearborn
Department of Natural Sciences
4901 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI 48128

Program requirements

The GAM Certificate provides students with the experience and knowledge in the theory and application of GIS and remote sensing. Students learn the basic components of GIS and spatial data, understand problems that arise in the data acquisition and analysis, and develop a sound background in cartographic principles. Many students could increase their marketability with a GAM certificate. This includes (but is not limited to) careers in public health, criminal justice, sociology, economics, social and natural science education, computer engineering, Earth and environmental science or studies, urban and regional studies, and anthropology/archaeology.

Most courses are offered in the evening, such that non-degree seeking students can attend; several are also hybrid in design with online lecture and laboratory sessions on campus. 

Students of any UM-Dearborn major with a GPA of 2.5 or higher can apply for this program.  Non-degree seeking postgraduates must apply through the CASL Campus Option Program.

Required Core courses (10 credit hours)

GEOL 305Intro to GIS (Tier I)4
GEOL 440Advanced GIS Applications (Tier II)3
Independent Study/Research/Internship - 3 credit hours of 498/499 Independent Study or Directed Research or Geospatial Internship with Program Director approval required by Petition.(Tier III) 1,23
Electives (6 credit hours required):
Choose from any of the following:6
Geodesy & Cartog. Principles (Tier I)
Remote Sensing (Tier I)
Spatial Analysis (Tier II)
Geodatabase Design & Mgmt (Tier II)
Total Credit Hours16
 

NOTES REGARDING GAM CERTIFICATE PROGRAM:

  1. A minimum of 2.5 cumulative GPA and sophomore standing are required for admission to the program.
  2. A maximum of four credit hours of transfer coursework may be counted toward the minimum 16 credit hours required for the program by Petition to the Program Director.
  3. A maximum of 6 credit hours of Independent Study, Directed Research or Geospatial Internship may be counted toward the program and must be approved by the Program Director, by Petition, prior to completion.
  4. A minimum 2.0 GPA in the UM-Dearborn courses counting toward the  GAM certificate is required at the time of graduation and/or posting of the certificate.