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Geographic Information Systems

Also see Environmental Conservation (ENVC).

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.


A certificate in Geographic Information Systems is granted upon completion of the following requirements with 2.0 GPA or above: GIS 101, 102, 105, 106, and 202 or 203. GIS courses must be taken in this sequence.

For further information, contact the department chair of Environmental Conservation or the Admissions Office.

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