Whether you are a current or lifelong student at MSU, a recent graduate, or a working professional, the Online Geography (onGEO) group at Michigan State University has a convenient, online course for you.

You can advance your geospatial skills, earn teaching credit-hours, and learn more about the world around you with an onGEO Undergraduate Course or one of onGEO’s Professional Certificate Courses.

Undergraduate (for University credit) Courses offered this Spring 2019 (Start date: 7 January 2019)

  • GEO151v: Introduction to Human Geography
  • GEO203v: Introduction to Meteorology
  • GEO204v: World Regional Geography
  • GEO221v: Introduction to Geographic Information
  • GEO221LABv: Introduction to Geographic Information LAB
  • GEO325v: Geographic Information Systems
  • Iss310v: People and the Environment

In addition, onGEO’s undergraduate courses can be taken through the Lifelong Education program at Michigan State University and are eligible for continuing education clock-hour credits (with approval).

Ready to enroll? Enrolling in a credit course is easy whether you are a current MSU student or not. Let’s get you started.


Professional Certificate Courses offered this Spring 2019

IGT- Introduction to Geospatial Technology
119 Session: January 7 – February 22
219 Session: March 11 – April 26

GIS – Geographic Information Systems
119 Session: January 7 – February 22
219 Session: March 11 – April 26

RS – Remote Sensing
119 Session: January 7 – February 22

CART – Cartography
219 Session: March 11 – April 26

FAA – FAA Part 107 Drone Test Prep & Beyond (Specialty Course)
119 Session: January 7 – February 22
219 Session: March 11 – April 26

CJ – Criminal Justice Applications in GIS (Specialty Course)
219 Session: March 11 – April 26

These courses can be taken individually or in combination (4) to earn a GIS Certificate (Professional Certificate in Geographic Information Systems ). This certificate aims to advance the skill set of professionals currently working in fields that use geospatial technologies. It is also an excellent opportunity for all professionals and others looking to revamp their current career, earn continuing-education or teaching credits, or simply further their education.

Our four new professional courses in GIS qualify for both the State of Michigan SCECHs and Michigan State University CEUs. You can easily earn teaching credits (55 or 60, depending on the course) in seven weeks, while advancing your geospatial skill set.

The certificate consists of four fully online courses: Introduction to Geospatial Technology, Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing, and Cartography with topics ranging from map design to ethics of geographic information, and much more. In addition to content-based modules, each course features a series of online labs designed to give students hands-on experience using geographic information systems (GIS) and related technologies and improve technical competency.

Ready to register? Registering for a professional course is easy — let’s get started.


onGEO is a working group of the Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences at Michigan State that develops and administers the Department’s online course offerings. To find out more, visit http://ongeo.msu.edu/.

Dr. Yi Shi, onGEO @Michigan State University

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