The GIS Certificate
Use spatial information to map the world and your future career
A GIS certificate prepares you to work at the forefront of many industries, from creating apps for outdoor adventurers to mapping our changing climate. At FLC, you’ll merge theoretical and practical aspects of spatial analysis and learn the integrated set of tools for analyzing spatial data and making beautiful maps.
"With a GIS certificate, you’ll add expertise in spatial science to your degree program at FLC. We use industry-standard and open-source spatial software and emphasize hands-on experience that will grow your career."
In short, a Geographic Information System (GIS) displays data that relates to specific places into a map. It’s a powerful way of communicating and experiencing information about our world, and it bridges a great many disciplines and ways of understanding.
As for the system itself, 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 makes it easy to communicate the spatial relationships between information about people, plant and animal species, ecosystems, or other kinds of information. To this end you’ll learn to use industry-standard software (ArcGIS Pro) as well as field mapping tools, like GPS units. You’ll also get coursework in surveying, remote sensing, programming, and web mapping to provide a solid foundation work GIS work.
GIS is useful in a wide variety of disciplines, including:
There are many job opportunities in GIS. For more information, see the following websites:
For course descriptions and prerequisites, refer to the current Catalog of Courses.
Examples of recent GIS and Remote Sensing class syllabi:
Dr. Alan Kasprak, Assistant ProfessorOffice: SFH 2784Phone: 970-247-6565Email Dr. Kasprak
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.
Our GIS certificate complements a degree or professional experience in ways that open doors for you into exciting new professional opportunities.