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Geographic Information Systems

The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) classes are designed to provide students with software knowledge to manage information or attributes that have a geographic reference point attached.

Different attributes and types of information can be displayed as maps. This allows analyzing data with respect to its spatial relationships. Geographic Information Systems are software and hardware that electronically manage these spatial data sets on virtual or real maps. Their use is revolutionizing spatial analysis in forestry, fish and wildlife, population studies, land-use planning, marketing, and other fields that involve the integration of information and geography. Advanced uses integrate GPS data management with mapping and displaying software.

GIS software is used by real estate agents, city and county administrations, natural resource managers, fish and wildlife managers, sales analysts, utility companies, and environmental managers.

Certificate Options

Geographic Information Systems Certificate

This certificate enables students to be highly proficient in using ArcView© as a valuable support tool for natural resource employment or other occupations using GIS as a management tool.


Geographic Information Systems Micro-Certificate

This micro-certificate enables students to be highly proficient in using ArcView© as a valuable support tool for natural resource employment or other occupations using GIS as a management tool.

Contact Us

Claus Svendsen
Department Chair
360.416.7816
Claus.Svendsen@skagit.edu