onGEO Spring Courses

November 11, 2020

Undergraduate (for University credit) Courses offered this Spring 2021

We offer a variety of Undergraduate and Graduate courses this spring semester. Enrollment is open.

Spring Semester (11 January to 30 April 2021)

  • GEO 151v: Human Geography
  • GEO 204v: World Regional Geography
  • GEO 206v: Physical Geography
  • GEO 221v: Introduction to Geographic Information
  • GEO 221LABv: Introduction to Geographic Information LAB
  • GEO 324v: Remote Sensing of the Environment
  • GEO 325v: Geographic Information Systems
  • GEO 330v: Regional Geography of the United States
  • Iss 310v: 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).

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Professional Courses offered this Spring 2021

We offer two 7-week long sessions of Professional Certificate Courses over the spring semester. Registration is open.

121 Session (11 January to 26 February 2021)

  • IGT121: Introduction to Geospatial Technology
  • GIS121: Geographic Information Systems
  • RS121: Remote Sensing
  • CJ121: Criminal Justice Applications in GIS
  • FAA121: FAA Part 107 Drone Test Prep and Beyond

221 Session (8 March to 23 April 2021)

  • IGT221: Introduction to Geospatial Technology
  • GIS221: Geographic Information Systems
  • CART221: Cartography
  • CJ121: Criminal Justice Applications in GIS
  • FAA121: FAA Part 107 Drone Test Prep and Beyond

These 7-week professional development courses can be taken individually or in combination (4) to earn a Professional Certificate in GIS. 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.

The four professional certificate courses in Geospatial Tools & Technology qualify for both the State of Michigan SCECHs and Michigan State University CEUs. You can 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.

Would you like to earn a Professional Certificate in GIS and also earn credits? You can do that, too. Just register for the undergraduate versions of our professional courses: GEO 221v, GEO 221LABv, GEO 324v, GEO 325v, and GEO 326v. Check out the MSU Schedule of Courses to see when these courses are offered.

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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

Yi Shi, onGEO @Michigan State University