GIS & Technology Certificate

The geographic information science (GIS) and technology certificate allows you to map, model, query, and analyze large quantities of data according to location. This technology benefits organizations in almost every industry. There is growing interest in the economic, environmental, and strategic planning value of GIS.


The program is designed for practical applications of geospatial technologies and working competency in GIS software such as ESRI ArcGIS, Business Analyst, TerrSet, and ERDAS Imagine.

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



Natural resource management majors pursuing the NRM resource analysis methods emphasis may substitute the following for GPY 200:


Our alumni have found rewarding careers such as:

  • Big data visualization
  • Business GIS analyzing
  • Community analysis and development
  • Computer mapping
  • Environmental resource management
  • GIS development and management
  • International organizations
  • Urban and regional planning

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  • 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. You will learn practical skills that will benefit your future careers.
  • Flexibility. You can attend full- or part-time. Any major combined with this certificate creates a new hybrid skill set.
  • Affordability. Get 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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