Graduate Certificate in Geodesign and Master of GIS - Geodesign Option

Have you heard about geodesign and its close connection to GIS?

Geodesign is a powerful approach to spatial problem-solving that requires the synthesis of geographic knowledge with the best practices of environmental design. Penn State’s top ranked programs in Geography and Landscape Architecture have teamed up to provide three different ways to get into this exciting, growing arena:

If you choose the Geodesign option with your MGIS degree, you need to take GEODZ 511 and your capstone needs to have a Geodesign focus.

The first of the Geodesign sequence of courses is GEODZ 511: Geodesign History, Theory, Principles. In this course you learn the Geodesign Framework and apply that to a challenge of your choice.

Additionally, any student can take the first Geodesign course (GEODZ 511) as an elective.


There are GEOG course overlaps, making it fairly easy to get a Geodesign Certificate along with a GIS Certificate or MGIS degree.

“The GEODZ 511 courses applies subject matter that brings issues into current context, which has directly benefited my professional work.“

Vera Green, MGIS Student
Geomatics Analyst, Fire Sciences

Please direct any questions to Geodesign Lead Faculty:

Kelleann Foster, RLA, ASLA
Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
Associate Professor and Lead Faculty for Geodesign Graduate Programs
Associate Dean, College of Arts & Architecture

(Office) 814-863-8133