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Geospatial Information Technology (GIT)

Faculty Coordinator: Tom Crawford

Geospatial Information Technology (GIT) includes collection and analysis of remotely sensed data, digital spatial and attribute data used by geographic information systems (GIS), and the application of related technologies such as the Global Positioning System (GPS).


Geographic Information Science is one of the leading careers in the United States today.

As depth of knowledge is important for careers in the industry, this certificate requires 12 hours of geospatial coursework. Coursework is taken from three categories, beginning with introductory topics, and continuing through more advanced and specialized topics as best fits the student’s background and future goals. Virginia Tech students accepted in any graduate program category (PhD., MS, MA, Commonwealth Campus, or Non-Degree) can be admitted into the GIT program by completing the Graduate Certificate Application.

  • Introductory Courses: (0-6 credits to cover prerequisites for courses below)
    • BSE 5344G: Applied Geographic Information Systems
    • CEE 5204: GIS Applications in Civil Engineering
    • FREC 5114G: Advanced Information Technologies for Natural Resourece Management
    • FREC 5254: Remote Sensing of Natural Resources
    • GEOG 5064: Elements of GIS
    • GEOGn 5354G: Advanced Remote Sensing
    • LAR 5044: Land Analysis and Site Planning
    • UAP 5114: Computer Applications in Urban Planning and Management
  • Advanced Courses: (6-12 credit hours)
    • CEE 5224: Advanced GIS Applications in Civil and Environmental Engineering
    • CEE 5244: Advanced GIS in Hydrologic Analysis
    • CS 6604: Advanced Topics in Data and Information
    • FREC 5104 (GEOG 5104): Seminar in Remote Sensing & Geographic Information Systems
    • FREC 5154: Hyperspectral Remote Sensing
    • FREC 5264: GIS Applications in Natural Resource Management
    • FREC 6214: Forestry Lidar Applications
    • GEOG 5034: Analysis of Spatial Data
    • GEOG 5084G: Advanced Modeling with Geographic Information Systems
    • GEOG 5124: Aerial Photointerpretation and Analysis
    • GEOG 5334G: Advanced Geospatial Information Technology for Land Change Modeling
    • GEOG 5374G: Advanced Remote Sensing & Phenology
    • GEOG 5384: Programming for Geographic Information Systems
    • GEOG 5394G: Web Mapping
    • NR 6104: Advanced Topics in Remote Sensing
    • STAT 5544: Spatial Statistics