Teaching and Learning

There are many ways that the Center for GIS and Spatial Analysis supports the teaching and learning of geospatial technologies. Programs are targeted both to College and University partners, as well as our Community Partners. Interested in learning more? Consider the following resources:

WCU Degrees and Certificates

The Geography and Planning Department offers a Master of Science (MS) in Geography and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning. GIS is integrated into each program. 

The Department also offers a Graduate Certificate in GIS. This 12-credit program can be completed on its own, or as a companion certificate to another Graduate program such as MS Geoscience, Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Public Administration (MPA), Doctor of Public Administration, and others. Courses in the GIS Certificate program are offered both on-line and in the classroom.

While all students in the BS Geography and BS Urban & Environmental Planning programs develop foundational-level GIS skills, undergraduate students interested in deeper learning of GIS can pursue the BS Geography: GIS Track.

There are two undergraduate minor options that are designed as companions to another undergraduate degree: Minor in Business GIS and GIS Minor


Periodically, the Center offers training programs for University faculty and staff, and for community partners. There are no upcoming training programs currently scheduled. If you are interested in a training opportunity, please contact the Center Director: Dr. Dottie Ives Dewey

 ESRI Self-Learning

ESRI offers a number of self-paced training opportunities, Get started here:

ESRI Academy

WCU Self-Learning

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