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Geospatial Science

  • Program Overview

    Geospatial Science

    The Geospatial Science program supports the Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing needs for a wide range of departments on the Stony Brook campuses. These tools are extensively used in the sciences (including geology, marine, environmental, anthropology, etc.), the social sciences (including sociology, political science, urban planning), in the corporate and non-profit world, public health, security, and disaster response. The program is design to give each student a firm foundation in Geospatial Science while allowing the flexibility to learn the tools needed for their chosen discipline.

    The Advanced Graduate Geospatial Science (GSS) Certificate will allow graduate students and working professionals to advance their GIS knowledge and employment opportunities with an industry-recognized certificate. The program will require students to earn 18 credits in addition to holding a BA, BS, or graduate degree. The program courses will be offered in the traditional semester format (both on campus and online) and during summer sessions. The flexible scheduling is intended to allow students to complete the certificate requirements quickly and at times that are convenient for the working profession.

  • Admissions

    Admission requirements of Geospatial Science Certificate

    Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Science is open to any student enrolled a graduate degree-granting program at Stony Brook University or to free-standing certificate students who have completed their bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university who meet the admissions criteria.

    For applicants already admitted to the university, admission involves completing a “Permission to Enroll in a Secondary Certificate” form. For admission to the free-standing Certificate Program in Geospatial Science, students are required to have earned a minimum or a bachelor's degree with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4 point scale and the following:.

    A. A letter of application stating the purpose of study

    B. A Graduate School application form

    C. An official transcript of undergraduate record culminating in a bachelor's degree and graduate degree transcript if applicable

    D. Two letters of recommendation from teaching supervisors and/or professors

    E. GRE Scores not required

    The forms and additional information are available through the Sustainability Studies Program office.

  • Degree Requirements

    Requirements for the Geospatial Science Certificate

    Prerequisites: All applicants are required to hold either a BA, BS degree, or graduate degree. Some basic knowledge of operating personal computers is necessary to complete the course work.

    Required Courses or equivalent (9 credits):

    GSS513        GIS Fundamentals I, 3cr or GEO513 or GSS 517 or MAR587

    GSS525        GIS Fundamentals II, 3cr or GEO525

    GSS526        GIS Project Management, 3cr


    Elective Courses (9 credits):

    ANT526       Environmental Analysis Using Remote Sensing and GIS, 3cr

    EST576        Geographic Information Systems in Education and Research, 3cr

    GSS509        Digital Cartography, 3cr

    GSS523        Geodatabase and Design, 3cr or GEO523

    GSS550        Applied Spatial Analysis, 3cr

    GSS554       Geospatial Science for the Coastal Zone, 3cr

    GSS570       Topics in Geospatial Science, 1-3cr

    GSS575        Geospatial Teaching Practicum, 0-3cr

    GSS587        Geospatial Research, 1-3cr

    GSS588        GIS Internship, 1-3cr

    HPH534       Spatial Analysis: Health Applications, 3cr


    Only one of the following will count towards Certificate

    GEO547       Remote Sensing in Geosciences, 3cr

    GSS555        GIS and Remote Sensing, 3cr

    MAR558      Remote Sensing, 3cr


    No more than 6 credits used to satisfy another graduate degree can be applied to the certificate. 

  • Facilities

    Geospatial Science

    The Geospatial Science program is an umbrella program that includes the graduate educational components of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing from many different departments across campus. The main teaching lab and the Geospatial Center is in Earth and Space Sciences with other GIS and remote teaching sensing labs in Marine Sciences, Anthropology, Geology, Engineering, and Public Health. The Geospatial Center supports education and research, and houses large format print capabilities for GIS and remote sensing projects. 

  • Faculty

    Geospatial Science Faculty

    Faculty information for this program can be found at:

  • Contact

    Geospatial Science (GSS)

    The Geospatial Science program is part of the Sustainability Studies Program.

    Sustainability Studies Program Director
    Katherine Aubrecht, W0511 Melville Library, (631) 632-5360  

    Graduate Program Director
    Sung Gheel Jang, W0516 Melville Library, (631) 632-5364

    Graduate Coordinator
    Ginny Clancy, 105 Endeavour Hall, (631) 632-8681

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    Degrees Awarded
    Advanced Graduate Certificate