Geographic Information Systems (Certificate)
University College offers the region's first complete graduate certificate program in Geographic Information Systems—available entirely online. Designed and delivered for busy adults, the Geographic Information Systems certificate helps professionals add to their skillset with technology skills that help solve real−world problems related to GIS.
Receive applied instruction from professional practitioners who work in the fields they teach and learn to plan, implement, and execute a GIS project through remote sensing, internet mapping, or digital image processing. The GIS certificate offers opportunities to explore training fundamentals at a very hands−on, applied level necessary to succeed in the field.
Gain a contextual background in GIS, from the management of natural resources to public utility management, public works engineering, environmental impact assessment, and even market research. In a burgeoning integrative world, it is vital to grasp the diverse fundamentals of each topic within the Geographic Information Systems industry and gain an insider's perspective to specific fields as they each relate to GIS training. Credits earned through this graduate certificate may apply toward a master's degree in Geographic Information Systems or Information and Communications Technology.
Geographic Information Systems Outcomes
This program prepares students to:
- Understand the nature of geographic data
- Recognize appropriate applications of GIS technology to solve spatial problems
- Be able to apply GIS technology to solve real-world problems
- Be able to plan, implement, and execute a GIS project
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The graduate Certificate of Advanced Study in Geographic Information Systems requires completion of 24 credit hours (6 courses).
Concentration courses allow students to focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector in which they are working or wish to work, and master the skills needed to excel in that area.
Electives may be chosen from among all courses in Geographic Information Systems programs. You may also select courses from other University College graduate programs with approval from the academic director.
Your academic advisor will help you select electives that align with your career and personal goals, and your advisor will obtain any necessary approvals from the academic director.
Popular electives for students pursuing Geographic Information Systems programs include:
- GIS 4080 - Python Programming in GIS
- GIS 4110 - Geographic Statistics
- GIS 4200 - GEOINT
- GIS 4510 - GIS in Business
- GIS 4520 - GIS in Telecommunications
- GIS 4530 - Crime Mapping and Analysis
- GIS 4540 - Conservation GIS
- GIS 4570 - GIS in Public Health
- GIS 4620 - Geodatabase Application
- GIS 4630 - Public Domain Data for GIS
- GIS 4650 - Demographic Analysis Using GIS
- GIS 4660 - GIS in Municipal Government
- GIS 4670 - GIS and the Law
- GIS 4680 - Environmental Applications
- GIS 4685 - GIS and Natural Hazards
- GIS 4687 - Hydrologic Modeling in GIS
- GIS 4690 - GPS for GIS
- GIS 4700 - Remote Sensing I
- GIS 4701 - Topics in GIS
- GIS 4740 - Remote Sensing II
- GIS 4750 - UAVs and GIS
- GIS 4760 - UAS Photogrammetry
- GIS 4770 - UAV Ground School Practical
- GIS 4860 - Internet Mapping
- GIS 4980 - Internship
- GIS 4991 - Independent Study
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Careers in Geographic Information Systems Certificate
Geoscientist, Geospatial Analyst, GIS Analyst, GIS Data Manager, GIS Developer, GIS Specialist, GIS Technician, Programming Lead, Project Manager, Systems Architect
Content management, coordination, mapping, design, development, management, research, idea generation, servers maintenance, troubleshooting, mapping.
The geospatial market is growing at an annual rate of nearly 35%, with commercial ventures increasing at a rate of 100% each year, according to U.S. Department of Labor’s High Growth Industry Profile report. The increasing popularity of GIS products such as Google Maps, the integration of location-based services on smartphones and tablets, and the prominence of maps in social media has brought the field of GIS to the forefront of technology. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, states with the highest level of employment for GIS professionals includes Maryland, Texas, California, Virginia, and Colorado.
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Employment for geographers is expected to grow 35% through 2020, much faster than the average especially for the professional, scientific, and technical services industries, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Governmental agencies provide for about 15% of surveying, cartography, and photogrammetrist jobs-primarily in Virginia, Maryland, and the D.C. area. Most GIS positions in the private sector require a master's degree.
It's all about innovation!
Future GIS professionals will need to learn to navigate and manage a culture of change within the industry as Geographic Information Systems continue to evolve and innovate, according to the 2013 industry outlook by GeoPlace.com. A rising need for professionals with technological and management experience or education is expected, as job-seekers need to demonstrate a comprehensive range of skills in this changing job market, from geographic information systems to information and communication technologies, project management to leadership acumen.
Where are they now?
GIS graduates hold job titles such as Software Engineer, GIS Analyst, Engineer III, Analyst, Research Coordinator, and Systems Security Engineer for companies and organizations including Raytheon, Visa, Flight Safety Corp., General Dynamics, Pass Time, Clayton Holdings, Jones International, and the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command.
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