Rockford, Illinois

Geographic Information Systems

Northern Illinois University
Certificate in Geographic Systems Technology

Students enrolled in GIS Certificate courses will learn the different forms of spatial data and their essential properties, principles, and methods for collecting spatial data; principles of map design and effective graphic communication; and ways spatial data can be used to investigate complex problems.

Graduates holding a Bachelor of General Studies degree with a GIS certificate benefit from cross-disciplinary course work that promotes the critical thinking and communication skills needed for a successful career in GIS.

Individuals earning a certificate of undergraduate study in GIS can go on to work in many exciting fields including:

  • Urban Planning
  • Agriculture
  • Cartography
  • Homeland Security

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