Geographic Information Systems Certificate
High-growth industry: Geospatial tech
- Credit hours: 18
- Stackable to degree: No
- Potential job outcomes: GIS technician, GIS analyst/programmer, cartographer, remote sensing technician/analyst
- Format: Online
Learn how to apply geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) tech and methods with this 18-credit-hour certificate program offered 100% online for ultimate scheduling flexibility.
GIS is an exciting, rapidly changing technology. You can greatly enhance your career opportunities with knowledge of geospatial technology tools, such as GPS (Global Positioning Systems), GIS (Geographic Information Systems), and earth imagery from platforms such as satellites and unmanned aerial systems (drones).
- 100% online courses and support services fits your busy life.
- Hands-on experience in cartographic design, spatial analysis, database design and implementation using geographic computing devices and accessories.
- Service and internship opportunities. After graduation, you’ll be qualified to seek entry-level employment as an analyst or technician.
- Choose to work in a variety of industries such as marketing, governmental, planning, health, tech, utilities, academia, emergency and public safety or agriculture.
- With location intelligence expertise, you can help address today’s complex problems such as global and local wealth inequities, cultural diversity and demographic change, migration, sustainability etc.
- Learn directly from Masters and PhD level faculty with dozens of years of teaching and research experience.
- Participate in biannual GIS study abroad programs and access "beyond the classroom" learning tools.
Take courses in business software packages, database systems, GIS and mapping principles, applications for GIS and more. All courses are taught by skilled instructors who are extremely knowledgeable in the GIS field.
This certificate program has been designed to be offered in an online format. For more information about online courses at Harper, see the Online Learning website.
Certificate program requirements
This 18 credit-hour certificate provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively apply Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and related technologies and methodologies in various business and public sector domains as a technician or analyst. This certificate provides course work and hands-on experience in cartographic design, spatial analysis, spatial database design, the fundamentals of remote sensing, as well as the use of geographic computing devices and accessories.
|GEG 150||Introduction to Geospatial Technologies||3|
Description: Provides an introduction to geospatial technologies, such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and Remote Sensing through hands-on computer based exercises. The essential principles of map use and design, and spatial analysis are also included in this course. Fundamental desktop computer skills assumed. IAI S4 905
|GEG 151||Geospatial Data Acquisition and Management||3|
Description: Introduces the concepts and problem solving capabilities of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Spatial data sourcing and management will be learned using information acquired in the field or from other sources. Spatial analysis concepts will be introduced through hands-on exercises using GIS software.
Prerequisite: GEG 150 with a grade of C or better.
|GEG 152||Spatial Analysis||3|
Description: Continues GEG 151. Emphasizes the practical application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology to solve problems and answer questions. Increases level of proficiency using GIS and performing spatial analysis of data. Introduces GIS operational and management issues.
Prerequisite: GEG 151 with a grade of C or better.
|GEG 153||Applied Geospatial Technologies||3|
Description: Consolidates the concepts and techniques acquired through prior coursework within the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) certificate. Students will analyze case studies, understand geospatial technology as a professional field, and apply geospatial technology methods and workflows in classroom projects.
Prerequisite: GEG 152 with a grade of C or better.
|GEG 154||Introduction to Remote Sensing||3|
Description: This course is only offered in the fall term.
Prerequisite: GEG 150 with a grade of C or better.
Electives: Select three credit hours from the following courses:
|CIS 106||Computer Logic and Programming Technology1||3|
Description: Provides students with a comprehensive introduction to computer programming using a currently popular programming language. Includes program logic, program structure, subroutines/functions/methods, variables, conditions, loops, arrays, files/data access, and object-oriented programming. A variety of programs are created throughout the course.
Prerequisite: Math placement in MTH 101 or higher. Math_Placement_Grid.pdf
|GEG 100||Cultural Geography||3|
Description: Surveys the contemporary topics of human geography; population, migration, language, religion, ethnicity, and political, economic and urban geography. Teaches the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice. IAI S4 900N
|GEG 101||World Regional Geography||3|
Description: Introduces a thematic or regional approach to the basic concepts of how world regions are constructed or classified. Uses spatial analysis of both traditional and digital maps factors to explore and assess how regions evolve, change over time, and are classified. Explores both developed and undeveloped regions connecting both human and physical geographical factors shaping and defining the classification of regions and interrelationships between them. IAI S4 906
|GEG 103||The Developing World||3|
Description: Examines the regions of the world conventionally called “developing” or “emerging,” including the spatial patterns of physical and cultural elements that impart unique identities within these regions using both digital and traditional maps to explore complex geopolitical relations and/or international conflicts among developing regions of the world. IAI S4 902N
|GEG 111||Physical Geography||3|
Description: Examines the spatial distribution of elements of Earth’s four physical spheres: the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, the lithosphere, and the biosphere including landforms, climates, weather, vegetation, and soils. Consideration is given to the causes of these distributions and to their effects on human populations. IAI P1 909
|GEG 155||Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Internship||1-3|
Description: Provides a structured work experience in a supervised setting using GIS or other geospatial technologies. Students are exposed to the technical and managerial issues faced by a geospatial technician or analyst. Students prepare a written report at the end of the assignment.
Prerequisite: GEG 150 with a grade of C or better, and consent of program coordinator.
1 - Placement into MTH 101 or higher.
To learn more on potential careers or coursework, contact the Geography Department.