The College of Sciences offers students a scientific education to meet the needs of the 21st century, allowing them to compete for a variety of careers in an increasingly complex and evolving world.

Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems

This degree is a two-year professional degree specifically designed to prepare students of GIS for post-secondary appointments in government or the private sector. Graduates of the MSGIS program acquire all the essential skills to assume management positions in business, government, and industry, or seek employment as specialists in other areas where geospatial expertise is needed.

Graduate students in GIS at Auburn University at Montgomery learn how to operate high-tech scientific equipment and computers to collect information and analyze data using programs designed by the world’s leading geospatial software providers. They also work with internationally recognized faculty members on research at home and abroad, and fill internships with federal, state, and local government as well as private industry.

Drs. Ha, Winemiller and Costa all advise graduate students in GIS.

Dr. Costa: Dr. Costa can be contacted at

Dr. Ha: Dr. Hoehun Ha is Assistant Professor of Geography specializing in Geographic Information System (GIS). His primary research interests focus on the linkages between socio-physical environment and human interactions, using GIS and statistical methodologies. His research includes 1) the spatial modeling of chemical exposure and risk assessment, and the investigation of soil contamination with toxic substances in Anniston, Alabama. He also has worked on 2) conservation easement suitability modeling : a case study from South-East Michigan and 3) roadkill hot-spots modeling using a geographic socio-environmental niche-based approach: a case-study from 3 state highways in Central California. Furthermore, in his current research, he has developed 4) spatial models in public health - physical / socioeconomic based approach; a case study from U.S counties. 

His teaching interests cover a wide range of geography courses including: Introduction to GIS, Advanced GIS, GIS in Environmental Modeling & Management, GIS in Public Health, Cartography, Geography of World Region, Human Geography, Spatial Statistics, and Earth Systems Science. 

Dr. Ha's publications have appeared in numerous internationally reputable scholarly journals including: Environmental Science & Technology, Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, Transportation, Applied Geography, Ecological Informatics, High Altitude Medicine & Biology, International Journal of Environmental Health Research, and International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. He is a member of Association of American Geographers (AAG) and Applied Geography Conference (AGC). Dr. Ha can be contacted at


Dr. Winemiller: Dr. Terry L. Winemiller is a member of the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, and the Register of Professional Archaeologists. He has received numerous grants including National Science Foundation Grants, a William G. Haag Distinguished Paper Award, several Robert C. West Field Research Grants, research and equipment grants from AUM, and separate grants from Intergraph Corporation to develop courses in geographic information systems and promote faculty research in GIS at Auburn University at Montgomery. He has served as a Technical Advisor on the Governor’s Committee for Black Belt Improvement and speaks throughout the state on the geography of Alabama and Alabama’s Black Belt. Dr. Winemiller serves on the Editorial Board of the journal Mesoamerica. His primary research interests include Maya archaeology, settlement pattern research, cultural geography, mapping methods, and the application of remote sensing technology and geographic information systems in the study of anthropology, archaeology, and geography. Since 1990, Dr. Winemiller has studied and worked on various research projects in Belize, Mexico, and eastern Honduras where he combines archaeological and geographical methods and theory to understand ancient life ways on the periphery of Mesoamerica. His most recent work involves the development of a 3D GIS for the site of Calakmul, Mexico, a World Heritage Site, in collaboration with the Universidad Autónoma de Campeche, the Belgian Science Policy (BELSPO) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Dr Winemiller is developing a 3D GIS based upon sonar data collected from the Bay of Honduras by colleagues from the Louisiana State University. He also is working with the Carnegie Institution for Science to convert maps prepared nearly a century ago to digital format for use in geographic information systems. He has co-authored publications in scholarly journals, and edited volumes, and co-organized symposia or presented papers at meetings of the American Anthropological Association, Society for American Archaeology, Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers, and conferences throughout Mexico. Dr. Winemiller can be contacted at

Career Possibilities
Jobs for those holding GIS certification are expected to grow by more than 20% over the next decade in the private and public sectors. Opportunities include:
Private Sector
State, local and federal agencies
Industrial and Public Relations
Monitor population growth and expansion
Develop predictive models to guide future infrastructure 

Geographic Information Systems Certificate

The Geographic Information Systems Certificate equips students to use technology (hardware and software) as well as data to unearth and explain relationships, patterns, entities and attributes related to geographic areas. As an ever-increasing number of professions are using technology to make data-driven decisions, the need for GIS-savvy technicians is growing rapidly.