GIS Certificate

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) allow you to map, model, query, and analyze large quantities of data according to their location. GIS benefits organizations in almost every industry. There is growing interest in the economic, environmental, and strategic planning value of GIS.


Anyone admitted to GVSU as a degree-seeking student may complete this certificate.

Students must be degree seeking students to receive the certificate. The certificate will be awarded at the same time as the degree is awarded. All undergraduate certificates have received Higher Learning Commission approval, and students are eligible for financial aid because they are seeking a degree.  

Students will complete a minimum of 13 credit hours to receive certification in GIS. Up to six credits can be transferred from another institution (subject to course content approval).



Natural Resource Management Major pursuing the NRM Resource Analysis Methods emphasis may substitute the following for GPY 200:

Topics include:

  • GIS Science and Technology
  • Remote Sensing (satellite image interpretation)
  • Advanced GIS
  • Environmental, Social and Business Applications of GIS
  • Spatial Analysis Techniques
  • Computer Mapping


Our alumni have found rewarding careers such as:

  • GIS analyst
  • Land use analyst
  • Business GIS analyst
  • Cartographer
  • GIS system manager
  • GIS system developer

Read about our successful alums at


  • An emerging field. Geospatial technology is one of the most important emerging fields in the United States according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
  • Marketability. GIS competency offers top jobs in a wide variety of sectors.
  • A competitive edge. Studying these technologies will give students an edge over peers in the current job market.
  • Practical application. Students will learn practical skills that will benefit their future careers.
  • Flexibility. Students can attend full or part time. Any major combined with this certificate creates a new hybrid skill set.
  • Affordability. An extra credential on your official transcript with little to no additional cost.

For more information visit the GVSU Course Catalog.


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