If you have ever used a digital map, such as those available from Google or MapQuest, you have used this technology.
Geographic Information Science (GISc) is the foundation of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). It is the general term for mapping technologies used by business, government and education.
GISc integrates spatial data sets in the form of:
digital aerial photos
remotely sensed imagery
global positioning system (GPS) coordinates
The technologies are used to assess, plan and manage many facets of society, including:
natural resource management
energy production and transmission
air and water pollution
business marketing and site location
access to medical care
What is a Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science?
To keep up with the national demand for qualified GISc professionals, the University of North Dakota has launched an online graduate certificate program which gives you a solid theoretical foundation in GISc and the state-of-the-art technical skills needed for a successful career in GISc.
The 1-year online GISc Graduate Certificate is designed for working professionals. It focuses on developing the skills and knowledge you need to work in the GISc field, including how to:
understand foundational theory and principles of cartography and geographic information systems
develop a critical eye when designing and interpreting maps
appropriately model landscape features and to analyze spatial relationships among them
conduct applied research projects using geospatial technology tools