onGEO announces Summer 2023 course lineup

March 2, 2023

The Department of Geography, Environment and Spatial Sciences offers two 7-week-long sessions of Undergraduate and Professional Certificate Courses over the summer through its onGEO program.

Open enrollment for summer Undergraduate courses is underway. And registration for summer Professional courses has already begun.

Undergraduate (for University credit) Courses offered this Summer, 2023


First Summer Session (15 May to 29 June)

  • GEO 113 (730): Economic Geography
  • GEO 203 (730): Introduction to Meteorology
  • GEO 204 (730): World Regional Geography
  • GEO 206 (730): Physical Geography
  • GEO 221 (730): Introduction to Geographic Information
  • GEO 221LAB (730): Introduction to Geographic Information LAB
  • GEO 330 (730): Regional Geography of the United States
  • Iss 310 (730 & 731): People and the Environment

Second Summer Session (5 July to 18 August)

  • GEO 151 (731): Human Geography
  • GEO 203 (731): Introduction to Meteorology
  • GEO 326 (731): Cartographic Design
  • Iss 310 (733 & 734): 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 Courses offered this Summer 2023

onGEO Professional Certificate Courses Summer 2023

First Summer Session (1 May to 16 June)

  • IGT323: Introduction to Geospatial Technology
  • GIS323: Geographic Information Systems
  • RS323: Remote Sensing
  • DIP323: Digital Image Processing
  • DITF323: Drones in the Field
  • FAA323: FAA Part 107 Drop Test Prep & Beyond
  • GTIM323: Geovisualization: Temporal and Interactive Mapping

Second Summer Session (26 June to 11 August)

  • IGT423: Introduction to Geospatial Technology
  • GIS423: Geographic Information Systems
  • CART423: Cartography
  • CJ423: Criminal Justice Applications in GIS
  • DITF423: Drones in the Field
  • FAA423: FAA Part 107 Drop Test Prep & Beyond

These 7-week professional development courses can be taken individually or in combination (4) to earn a Professional GIS Certificate. 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 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 units, 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 GIS Certificate 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*. *Offered during the summer.

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

Yi Shi, onGEO @Michigan State University