Geographic information science (GIS) uses digital technologies to collect, assess, and analyze geographic data: the places, activities, and phenomena on the Earth that are stored in maps or images. Geographic information scientists are trained in the data structures and computational techniques used to collect this geographic information, allowing them to address and fine-tune any technological issues. The University of Utah’s Geographic Information Science Certificate offers students a strong integration of coursework in geography and computer science, providing you with a solid foundation of geographic theory and problems as well as the computer science skills valued by employers. The certificate is available in two emphasis areas: Applied GIS or Remote Sensing. The Applied GIS track offers training in geography and software skills, preparing students to apply GIS applications (such as crime mapping or hydrology) to solve problems. The Remote Sensing track provides students with specialized remote sensing (satellite and aircraft scans of Earth) and analysis skills not taught in the Applied GIS track. Regardless of emphasis area, all certificate students complete a capstone experience to solidify the GIS skills and techniques learned in the program.
Academic and Career Opportunities
For academic enrichment, consider joining the Geography Undergraduate Student Advisory Committee or completing a research project or internship. After graduation, students can pursue careers in cartography, hydrology, and surveying. You may also combine your GIS skills with other abilities and specialize in GIS-related fields: become a GIS software developer or data manager, a GIS systems analyst or administrator, or continue your studies at the graduate level to teach GIS or conduct research in the field.