Online Environmental GIS Certificate

Decades ago, the environmental movement gave rise to GIS as we know it today. In this specialized GIS graduate certificate, you’ll focus on GIS applications in the environment and learn analytical techniques that support facility site selection, environmental impact analyses, and characterization of environmental hazards. Environmental assessment and natural resource management, conservation, and preservation take center stage, as well as exploring natural hazard risk assessment and planning.

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At a Glance

Classes Begin
September 11
Online or HyFlex
Term Length
10 Weeks or 5 Weeks
4 Course Certificate
As few as 6 months
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Free Application

University College is committed to educational access, and given the difficult circumstances currently impacting millions of people, we are waiving application fees.

Skills You'll Learn

Evaluate the application of GIS technology, analytics techniques, and data presentation methods

Analyze applications that support hazard risk and assessment, mitigation, and emergency response planning.

Participate in environmental assessment projects using a GIS lens


Specialized Graduate Certificate in GIS in the Environment requires completion of 16 credit hours (4 courses).

All students are required to complete a zero-credit Student Success Course.

Concentration Courses

Sample Schedule

Finish a graduate certificate in as few as six months or take up to a year. Choose your time to completion to get a better sense of what your schedule will look like during your certificate program. Note this sample schedule is for the four-course Graduate Certificate.

Time to Completion
Year 1 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Classes 2 2 0 0

Take a Course Before You Apply

We know how important it is to get started when you're ready and that's why you can enroll in a course before you officially apply.

Career Outcomes

Predicted outcomes for graduates of GIS in the Environment

There is extensive opportunity for GIS practitioners particularly in assessing environmental degradation, disaster management, and managing natural resources, according to Geo Spatial World.

The employment outlook for the intersection of GIS and the environment is promising, as employers seek broad, interdisciplinary perspectives to support environmental management, according to the National Science Foundation.

Whether working as a GIS practitioner in public agencies or in the private sector, there is an opportunity to make an impact on the environment using GIS skills.

Job Titles

GIS Specialist
Hazard Mitigation Planner
GIS Analyst
GIS Technician

GIS Specialist Salary: National Average


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Flexible Online Classes

Flexible Online Classes

We understand the demands of balancing work, friends and family, and school can be challenging. That's why at University College, you can complete your program entirely online. Our online learning platform makes it easy to work anywhere at any time.

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University College programs maintain the highest level of accreditation offered by The Higher Learning Commission, one of the regional accrediting bodies recognized by the federal government. The University of Denver and all of its academic programs are regionally accredited by this commission, and regional accreditation is the highest standard for universities in the United States.

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