The GIS and Environmental Studies Certificates are open to any student currently enrolled as an undergraduate at OSU. Students who intend to earn a certificate must work with their primary academic advisors to make a formal declaration on pursuing the certificate program. For people who are only interested in earning a certificate but are not currently enrolled at OSU, they can apply through the Undergraduate Admissions at OSU. They can get admission as a special student for the purpose of pursuing a certificate.
The GIS Certificate is a 15-credit hour program that provides students with broad exposure to the principles and applications of GIS. GIS is useful to every discipline which utilizes geographic data, and the requirements for the certificate have been designed to parallel skills needed by GIS professionals.
The Environmental Studies Certificate program is open to all undergraduate majors and is designed to fit within most four-year degree plans without the need for additional credit hours. The 17-credit hour certificate is awarded upon completion of the bachelor’s degree, with lower-division requirements that include an introductory course from the environmental sciences and a two-hour course on global sustainability. Upper-division requirements include two core courses (Conservation of Natural Resources, American Environmental History), plus two others from a wide variety of upper-division courses that emphasize human-environment interaction.