Geographic Information Systems

What is GIS?

GIS professionals are essential in the process of taking complex information and converting it into clear visual imagery that can be used in a huge variety of career fields. The software used in GIS allows you to visualize, question, analyze, and interpret data in order to understand relationships, patterns, and trends. GIS specialists are responsible for gathering that information, building and maintaining databases, creating sophisticated maps and diagrams, and simplifying complex information so it can be easily understood.

What kind of work can I do with a GIS Certificate?

The US Department of Labor has identified GIS as one of the three fastest growing career fields in the country, and these skills are needed in a number of job fields. Engineering, computer sciences, business, natural resources, telecommunications, homeland security and geology are just a few examples of areas that are in need of GIS professionals.

With a GIS certificate you could be paid to:
  • Determine the most profitable location for a new business based on traffic, real estate, demographics and the flow of people.
  • Monitor the prevalence and spread of infectious disease and other environmental conditions.
  • Use demographic data to determine factors affecting crime rates in a particular area.
  • Analyze elk and deer migrations for the construction of a proposed highway.
  • Evaluate building locations for geologic hazards such as landslides, flooding and active faults.
To obtain the GIS certificate all you need to do is complete the following classes:

GEO 1700 - Fundamentals of GPS and GIS Navigation

GEO 1800 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

GEO 1820 - Intermediate Geographic Information Systems

GEO 2850 - Cartography and Digital Mapping

GEO 2900 - Applied Geographic Information Systems

 

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