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GIS Field Study

GIS professionals are essential in the process of taking complex information and converting it into clear visual imagery that can be used in a huge variety of career fields. The software used in GIS allows you to visualize, question, analyze, and interpret data in order to understand relationships, patterns, and trends. GIS specialists are responsible for gathering that information, building and maintaining databases, creating sophisticated maps and diagrams, and simplifying complex information so it can be easily understood.

What kind of work can I do with a GIS Certificate?

The US Department of Labor has identified GIS as one of the three fastest growing career fields in the country, and these skills are needed in a number of job fields. Engineering, computer sciences, business, natural resources, telecommunications, homeland security and geology are just a few examples of areas that are in need of GIS professionals.

With a GIS certificate you could be paid to:

  • Determine the most profitable location for a new business based on traffic, real estate, demographics and the flow of people.
  • Monitor the prevalence and spread of infectious disease and other environmental conditions.
  • Use demographic data to determine factors affecting crime rates in a particular area.
  • Analyze elk and deer migrations for the construction of a proposed highway.
  • Evaluate building locations for geologic hazards such as landslides, flooding and active faults.
GIS Mapping
  The Snow College GIS Certificate is perfect for working professionals!

Complete our GIS Certificate of Proficiency at your own pace.

Take as little as 16 weeks or up to a year to complete the 16 credits (6 classes) for the cost of one semester’s tuition and fees (less than $2000). All courses are available online.

One-Semester Track
Course Name
GEO 1700 (3 credits) Fundamentals of GPS and GIS Navigation
GEO 1800 (3 credits) Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
GEO 1820 (3 credits) Intermediate Geographic Information Systems
GEO 2845 (1 credit) Drone Operations and Safety Certification
GEO 2850 (3 credits) Cartography and Digital Mapping
GEO 2900 (3 credits) Applied Geographic Information Systems
Total: 16 credits

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