Graduate Certificate Program in Geographical Information Systems
Geographical Information Systems (GIS) allow us to capture, manage, query, analyze and model geospatially referenced data. GIS ties the idea of location to information, allowing us to visualize it in map form. Using geospatial techniques we can combine and overlay data to visualize complex scenarios from a geographic perspective. GIS also allows us to integrate data from diverse sources, helping identify relationships, trends and patterns of distribution.
The goal of our certificate program is to provide students with a solid grounding in geospatial theory and techniques, combined with the practical skills to apply these techniques to real world problems. Students will be exposed to a combination of industry standard software and open source software in classes that encourage an extensive hands-on approach. We feature service learning components in our courses that increasingly incorporate the growing field of open source GIS.
The demand for geospatial science skills is significant in today’s job market, and GIS is increasingly popular in many different disciplines and industries, including: scientific investigation, resource management, marketing, archeology, environmental research, urban planning, demography, development, policy, public health, emergency management and logistics.
Graduate of the GIS Graduate Certificate Program complete a selection of core and elective courses that provide the knowledge and skills needed by to become a professional in the field.
All students are expected to complete the program in two years (4 semesters); although it will be possible to do so in one year once the program has been fully established.
Nuala M. Cowan, D.Sc
Director of the GIS Certificate