Geographic Information Sciences (Certificate)
Create the big picture in geographic information systems with digital models.
GISc is part of the global cyber infrastructure concerned with the acquisition, storage, manipulation and analysis of spatial data and processes. With UND's online graduate certificate, you'll develop the skills and tools needed to explore and analyze data ranging from business markets and transportation networks, to physical and chemical processes in the environment.
- Program type:
- Certificate - Graduate
- Est. time to complete:
- 1 year
- Credit hours:
What is the Difference Between GIS and GISc?
While Geographic Information Systems (GIS) answers the “what” and “where”, Geographic Information Science (GISc or GIScience) is concerned with the “how”. GISc encompasses all aspects of GIS such as remote sensing, surveying, mathematics, programming and geography. But, GISc takes GIS a step further by conceptualizing how to store spatial information and analyze data.
Why Earn a Geographic Information Sciences Certificate Online at UND?
UND's online graduate certificate program in Geographic Information Sciences is designed for working professionals. You'll develop a solid theoretical foundation in GISc and the technical skills needed to digitally model landscapes and enable the mathematical characterization of spatial and temporal processes.
This online program emphasizes the development of graduate-level GISc professionals who are highly qualified to work in:
- Private industry
The part-time, online GISc program is designed for non-degree seeking professionals who are unable to complete a full-time, on-campus program. You are not required to come to campus at any time. The program is 100% online. You may apply the credits earned in this certificate program to a master's degree in Geography.
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.
GISc students may have educational backgrounds in any field, and commonly have undergraduate degrees in a wide range of areas, including:
- Atmospheric sciences
- Computer science
- Criminal justice
- Physical or social science education
- Space studies
When You Earn a Certificate in Geographical Information Sciences
A Geographical Information Sciences certificate gives you the strategic skills you need, including:
- Geographic Information Systems
- ArcGIS (GIS Software)
- Global Positioning Systems
- Environmental Science
UND Geographical Information Sciences Alumni
Geographical Information Sciences alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:
- Bureau of Land Management
- United States Department of the Air Force
- 150th Fighter Wing
- AT&T, Inc.
- Acciona Energy North America Corporation