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Undergraduate Certificate in Spatial Social Sciences

The undergraduate GIS certificate addresses the GIS skills shortage, readying you to provide spatial analysis for the social sciences.

Geographic Information Systems Certificate Overview

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Created with our official partner, ESRI, this geographic information systems certificate reskills you for the future. You will master interdisciplinary critical thinking, problem-solving, policy analysis, and social science methodology skills needed to solve complex social and environmental challenges.

As a student, you will:

  • Design and conduct experiments and surveys.
  • Research how media is consumed and accessed by different cultures and societies.
  • Communicate data effectively using GIS.
  • Apply environmental and scientific principles and policies to real-world problems.

Next Session

Summer II (Jun 26, 2023)

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I was surrounded by peers who went to school 10-15 years prior. I feel that my education catapulted me above my peers. After all, I was learning about current technologies and how to work in a global economy.
Tami F.
BS, Computer Information Systems
My desire to go back to school was personal. Both my mom and dad graduated from high school, and I’m the first in my family to go on for my college education. I want to be a positive role model for my children. I can do all three – work, family and school; I didn’t have to choose.
Brandy C.
MBA Program
Lindsay Yossef
What separates these classes from those at other universities is they’re not just point and click. We were mindful of not pigeonholing our students so they could apply what they’re learning to a variety of sectors.
Lindsay Yossef
Brandman University. Instructional Designer

Admission Requirements

Applicants for this program must complete the formal application process and submit required documents. Documents required vary based on the number of transferable credits and include:


  • High school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Official high school transcript indicating the date of graduation


  • A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Provide official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended
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Admissibility and minimum transfer credit awarded will be determined based on the Community College of the Air Force, SMART, AARTS or JST transcripts.


Only credits from regionally accredited institutions may be accepted in transfer. Failure to report any previous academic work at another college or university may be considered a violation of academic integrity.


Program Curriculum

  • The 18-unit program can be completed in three years, and those credits can later be applied to earning a bachelor’s degree in spatial social sciences. Upskill to move your career forward and become an expert in data-driven storytelling and solutions. 
    SSCU 300 Spatial Social Sciences Introduction: Policy and Action


    SOCU 301 Social Research Design


    SSCU 303 Social Scientific Perspectives on Media and Culture


    SSCU 380 Interpreting Data: Predictions, Patterns, and Communications


    SSCU 383 Spatial Social Sciences Communications and Visualization


    ESCU 401 Environmental Science, Policy, and Management


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