Department of Geosciences
GIS Certificate Program Coordinator:
Dr. W. Scott White, Professor
Office: 303 BH
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 different 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 web sites:
Fort Lewis College has a site license for Esri's ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap) software version 10.6.1, ArcGIS Pro version 2.2, and an ArcGIS Online organizational account. The desktop software is available on all Windows-based computer labs on campus.
Start with the GEOG 310 (Intro to Computer Mapping and GIS) course, taught both Fall and Spring semesters.
Contact GIS Certificate Program Coordinator, Dr. Scott White by e-mail or phone (970-247-7475), to discuss your plans for the GIS Certificate classes, internships and careers.
Visit the FLC Registrar's Website, fill out the Change or Declaration form. Save the completed form, and then email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, go to the Registrar's Office or call 970-247-7350.
Final outcomes includes a printed Certificate and indication of successful completion of the GIS Certificate on the student's college transcript.
CERTIFICATE IN GIS
For course descriptions and prerequisites,
refer to the current Fort Lewis College Catalog of Courses.
Certificate Policies and Information:
For more information about GEOG 480 or 499, including Webopus registration details, contact the Program Coordinator, Dr. Scott White.
Click here for full descriptions of these courses and planned course offerings at Fort Lewis College.