Program Descriptions

Geographic Information Systems Certificate

Earn an Undergraduate or Graduate Certificate in GIS

“A geographic information system is a computer hardware and software system that is used to store, display, analyze, and map information. Geographers, planners, land developers, real estate agents, utility companies, and municipal officials all use these systems. In fact, modern planning cannot move forward without these systems and those trained to run them. For example, a local government might use a GIS to evaluate alternative locations for roads, landfills, or other facilities. Using the GIS, such topics as population distribution, traffic movement, land availability, real estate prices, environmental hazards, soil types, and flood zones could be analyzed together to help the government make an informed choice.” Excerpted from Careers in Geography, Association of American Geographers

Where is GIS Used?

  • Urban Planning
  • Public Health
  • Agriculture
  • Ecology
  • Police and Crime Prevention
  • Environmental Science
  • Cartography
  • Economic Development
  • Fire and Emergency Services
  • Recreation
  • Marketing
  • Transportation
  • Public Safety
  • Land Surveying
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Homeland Security
  • Meteorology
  • Anthropology
  • Real Estate
  • Facilities Management

The certificate of undergraduate study in geographic information systems is a pre-professional curriculum in the design and use of geographic information technologies.

Visit the GIS Certificate Website for more information.