What is GIS?    

GIS (Geographic Information Systems) is a rapidly expanding computer technology field involving mapping and analysis of spatial data. GIS is a powerful tool for the analysis of geographic information and in decision-making. It is a technological application, which can be used across various disciplines.

GIS enables the user to assess and manage existing conditions, and help predict future conditions. GIS is used today in fields as diverse as criminal justice, marketing, economic development, public health administration, environmental assessment, risk analysis, ecology, urban planning, emergency management, real estate, education etc.

Who should study GIS? 

The knowledge and skills of GIS is fundamental for professionals managing geographical information. This includes political scientists, biologists, health care professionals, anthropologists, archaeologists, sociologists, urban planners, historians, epidemiologists, geologists, economists, marketing professionals, ecologists, natural resource managers, climatologists, public administrators, transportation planners, engineers, etc.

The Certificate in GIS for Environmental Management provides students with a broad exposure to the principles and applications of GIS. Students will develop a strong foundation in GIS and Remote Sensing theory and techniques and GIS software skills. 

Please note the following pre-requisites:

GEM 400 for all GEM courses

GEM 403 before GEM 405

GEM 401 before GEM 404 


Thus program is comprised of four courses. 

Required Courses: 

GEM 400- Introduction to GIS for Environmental Management        

GEM 401- Advanced GIS for Environmental Management 

   

And any two of the following:

GEM 402- Geospatial Technologies for Environmental Mapping with GIS  

GEM 403- Environmental Remote Sensing

GEM 404- GIS Modeling for Environmental Applications

GEM 405 - Advanced Remote Sensing Techniques for Environmental Applications  

  

Certificate of Advanced Study in GIS for Environmental Management is designed for professionals who wish to achieve greater conceptual understanding and technical expertise to master the field of GIS.

The Advanced Certificate is comprised of six courses:

GEM 400- Introduction to GIS for Environmental Management

GEM 401- Advanced GIS for Environmental Management 

GEM 402- Geospatial Technologies for Environmental Mapping with GIS  

GEM 403- Environmental Remote Sensing

GEM 404- GIS Modeling for Environmental Applications

GEM 405 - Advanced Remote Sensing Techniques for Environmental Applications