A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a digital map database and set of software programs that include an integrated set of tools for storing, querying, analyzing, and displaying georeferenced information. GIS merges theoretical and practical aspects of spatial analysis across many disciplines, such as environmental biology, geology, archeology, agriculture, computer-aided drafting (CAD) and engineering, computer science, business administration, and, of course, geography. A GIS is used to build cartographic databases, create attributes for map information, and analyze and visualize complex spatial relationships in the mapped information. Students enrolled in the GIS Certificate Program take courses in which they gain valuable experience using industry-standard GIS software (Esri's ArcGIS Advanced), as well as familiarity with various modern field mapping procedures, such as Global Positioning System (GPS) units. Surveying, remote sensing and programming and web mapping courses provide additional fundamental skills related to GIS. Completion of the GIS Certificate will provide the student with skills and experience that are in high demand in today’s workplace.
There are many job opportunities in GIS. For more information, see the following websites:
We have a site license for Esri's ArcGIS Pro software version 2.4, ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap) version 10.7, and an ArcGIS Online organizational account. The desktop software is available on all Windows-based computer labs on campus.
Final outcomes include (1) a printed Certificate and (2) a line added to your official college transcript indicating date of completion of the GIS Certificate.
Dr. W. Scott White, Professor
Office: SFH 2794
Email Dr. White
For course descriptions and prerequisites, refer to the current Catalog of Courses.
For more information about GEOG 480 or 499, including WebOpus registration details, download the informational PDF.
For full descriptions of GIS and related courses, go to the FLC Catalog of Courses website. For upcoming schedules of courses, go to the WebOpus Searchable Course Schedules website.