GIS Courses and Certificate Program

GIS courses are offered through the Department of Geography.  For scheduling and locations, please see the Continuing Education’s website for Course Listings and additional information.

Keene State College also offers a GIS Certification program through the Geography Department and the Continuing Education Office.  In additional to individual course costs, there is a one-time application fee of $25.  For an application, please contact the Continuing Education Office:

Office of Continuing Education and Extended Studies
Elliot Hall, First Floor, Suite 144
Keene State College
229 Main Street
Keene, NH 03435-2605
Phone: (603) 358-2290
Schedule: Monday – Thursday, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

If you would like to register and are not in a degree program, please see Continuing Education’s website for instructions and more information.


To enroll, you need at least 4 credits of college geography and a basic understanding of maps and cartography (or the permission of the GIS program advisors). You will receive the GIS certificate by earning a 2.0 or higher grade point average upon completing 16 credits from the following courses:

Course Credit Title Semester
GEOG 323 4 Cartography and Surveying Summer
GEOG 324 4 Fundamentals of GIS Fall, Spring, Summer
GEOG 325 4 Cartographic Design and Analysis Fall (alternate years)
GEOG 327 4 Environmental Remote Sensing Fall (alternate years)
GEOG 424 4 Advanced GIS Spring

If you already have a bachelor’s degree, you can earn graduate credits in GIS technology by completing extra work.

You should apply to the GIS certificate program before you enroll in the second course.

Note: As some courses are sequential and others are scheduled on a rotating basis, it may not be possible to complete the certificate program in one academic year. You must complete all courses within five years of enrolling.

If you have questions or comments about the GIS Certification Program or the Department’s GIS related courses, please contact the Coordinator, Dr. Chris Cusack at


Course Descriptions

GEOG323 – Cartography and Surveying
Fundamental and modern techniques of surveying and map making. Three-hour lecture, three-hour lab.

GEOG324 –  Fundamentals of GIS
This Geographic Information Systems (GIS) course provides an introduction to the fundamental components of GIS. Lecture and lab-based instruction emphasize data input, manipulation, analysis, and map production. Prerequisite: ISGEOG 204 or GEOG 221.

GEOG325 – Cartographic Design and Analysis
Analysis of statistical geographical data is used to design and produce publishable maps with computer programs. Three-hour lecture, two-hour lab. Prerequisite: ISGEOG 204 or GEOG 221.

GEOG327 – Environmental Remote Sensing
The basics of aerial photography and remote sensing and the identification and analysis of objects. Imagery of low as well as high altitude is interpreted.

GEOG424 – Advanced GIS
Builds on existing Geographic Information System skills to explore a range of topics using current software. Students learn tools for representing and analyzing vector, raster, network, and 3-D data, while examining the theoretical contributions of GIScience. Emphasis on spatial data creation, editing, modeling, and programming. Prerequisite: GEOG 324.