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GIS in the Environment

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
June 17

Term Length
10 Weeks

4 Course Certificate


Asynchronous and Hybrid Online


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).


Concentration Courses

Concentration Courses

Focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector and master the skills needed to excel in that area.

GIS 4540 Conservation GIS
GIS 4680 Environmental Applications
GIS 4685 GIS and Natural Hazards
GIS 4687 Hydrologic Modeling in GIS

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Sample Schedule

Plan your schedule to complete your graduate certificate. Finish quickly in just six months or take up to two years (four course certificate) or three years for a six-course certificate.

Year 1 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
4-Course Certificate Classes 2 2 0 0
6-Course Certificate Classes 3 3 0 0
Year 1 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
4-Course Certificate Classes 1 1 2 0
6-Course Certificate Classes 2 2 2 0
Year 1 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
4-Course Certificate Classes 1 1 1 1
6-Course Certificate Classes 1 2 2 1

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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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“The certificate program is like a shortened version of a degree. It’s almost like a fast-track program to build up your skills.” —Kerry Shakarjian, graduate.

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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Higher Learning Commission

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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