The certificate features five courses of 18 credit hours that include classes in remote sensing and cartography, the university said.
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When students complete the GIS program, they will be able to analyze spatial data, which is needed in nearly every industry such as public real estate, health, agriculture and manufacturing, Warshawsky said. People trained in the GIS field will also be able to locate food deserts or be called on when power lines go down, for instance.
“GIS really is everywhere,” he said. “It’s for people who want to go into for-profit, government or nonprofit. Every sector uses it because everyone has something that they’re in charge of that they need to know where it is. So students, when they graduate with a GIS certificate, they have those technical skills, and they can have that advantage in the job market.”