Geographic Information Systems

A geographic information system (GIS) lets us visualize, question, analyze, and interpret data to understand relationships, patterns, and trends. This program prepares students to work in high-tech fields, including photogrammetry, cartography, geographical information systems, global positioning systems, and satellite remote sensing. Students learn how to acquire geospatial information from a variety of sources; interpret, use and manage geospatial data for a given purpose; and use geographic information system software for storage, manipulation, and analysis of geospatial data.

Students will receive work based experience and acquire geospatial technical competencies in vector, raster and light detection and ranging technologies. Completion of the GIS certificate will lead to a fulfilling career in GIS!

This program includes a full course in PYTHON! – THE #1 programming language for GIS!

You will learn how to:

  • Create web maps
  • Create GIS online applications
  • Gather data
  • Design maps
  • Write scripts
  • Apply GIS for business

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2017–2018 Program Dates

Please note that end dates are approximate.

Part-Time/Online Hybrid (daytime)

Start Date End Date Days Time
08/21/2017 09/01/2018 M,W 12:00pm–4:00pm
10/16/2017 11/01/2018 M,W 12:00pm–4:00pm
01/22/2018 02/01/2019 M,W 12:00pm–4:00pm
04/23/2018 05/01/2019 M,W 12:00pm–4:00pm


Part-Time/Online Hybrid (evening)

Start Date End Date Days Time
08/21/2017  09/01/2018 M,W 5:00pm–9:00pm
10/16/2017 11/01/2018 M,W 5:00pm–9:00pm
01/22/2018 02/01/2019 M,W 5:00pm–9:00pm
04/23/2018 05/01/2019 M,W 5:00pm–9:00pm


2018–2019 Program Dates

Please note that end dates are approximate.

Part-Time Hybrid

Start Date End Date Days Time
8/20/2018 9/1/2019 (plus internship) M,W 12:00pm–4:00pm
10/15/2018 11/1/2019 (plus internship) M,W 12:00pm–4:00pm
1/7/2019 2/1/2020 (plus internship) M,W 12:00pm–4:00pm
3/18/2019 4/15/2020 (plus internship) M,W 12:00pm–4:00pm


Program Cost



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Earning Potential

Experience: 1-5 years

  • Hourly Pay = $15-$22
  • Annual Salary = $31,000-$46,000

Experience: 5-10 years

  • Hourly Pay = $22-$26
  • Annual Salary = $44,000-$52,000

Experienced: 10-15 years

  • Hourly Pay = $26-$32
  • Annual Salary = $54,000-$64,000


To what types of jobs do these skills apply?

  • GIS Analyst/Engineer
  • GIS Specialist
  • GIS Field Collector GIS Mapping Supervisor
  • GeoDatabase Administrator GIS Technician I
  • Assistant GIS Specialist
  • GIS Technician II GeoSpatial Office Technician
  • GIS Trainer
  • GIS Programmer Python Developer I
  • GIS Software Tester
  • GIS Cloud Engineer GIS Project Manager
  • GeoSpatial Services Supervisor


What types of companies might hire me?

  • Government: Federal, State and Local, Defense, Department of the Interior, Land Administration
  • Business: Retail, Banking, Real Estate, Manufacturing
  • Natural Resources: Conservation, Environmental Management, Water Resources, Forestry
  • Public Safety: Law Enforcement, Surveying, Public Works, Utilities, Fire and Emergency Services


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