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2017-2018 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog
Grand Valley State University
   
 
    
 
  Oct 21, 2017
 
2017-2018 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technology - Certificate


The GIS technology certification program is housed with the department of Geography and Sustainable Planning (www.gvsu.edu/geography). Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are used to map, model, query, synthesize, and analyze big spatial data according to their location. GIS benefits organizations in almost every industry. There is growing interest in the economic, environmental, and strategic planning value of GIS.

Students must be degree-seeking students to receive the certificate. The certificate will be awarded at the same time as the degree is awarded. All undergraduate certificates have received Higher Learning Commission approval, and students are eligible for financial aid because they are seeking a degree.  

The GIS technology certificate is designed for GVSU students who want to add geospatial technology skills to their major. Students learn practical applications of geospatial technologies and develop working competency in GIS software, such as ESRI ArcGIS, Business Analyst, and Edras Imagine. Open for all majors. For more information, see www.gvsu.edu/geography/gis-certificate-47.htm.

Program coordinator: Professor Gang Xu, Ph.D., department of Geography and Sustainable Planning.

Reasons to Study GIS Technology

  • An emerging field. Geospatial technology is one of the most important emerging fields in the United States according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
  • Marketability. GIS competency offers top jobs in a wide variety of sectors.
  • A competitive edge. Studying these technologies will give students an edge over peers in the current job market.
  • Practical application. Students will learn practical skills that will benefit their future careers.
  • Flexibility. Students can attend full- or part-time. Any major combined with this certificate creates a new hybrid skillset.
  • Affordability. An extra credential on your official transcript with little to no additional cost.

Our alumni have found rewarding careers such as environmental specialists, transportation analysts, urban planners, business GIS analysts, regional intelligence analysts, lead digital mappers, and county GIS directors.

Coursework

Students will complete a minimum of 13 credit hours to receive certification in GIS. Up to six credits can be transferred from another institution (subject to course content approval).

Topics


  • GIS science and technology
  • Remote sensing (satellite image interpretation)
  • Advanced GIS
  • Environmental, social, and business applications of GIS
  • Spatial analysis techniques
  • Computer mapping

Geography and Sustainable Planning Program Description


Click here for the program description.