Geographic Information Systems - 079

Mohawk College Certificate
Students working together on Geographic studies

GIS, a popular and affordable technology, provides the ability to automate map production and integrate earth imagery with other data to solve geographic problems. Develop or enhance your skills and knowledge in effective use and management of GIS. Designed for managers, technical professionals, and support staff responsible for managing and using GIS, Urban Planners, Civil and Transportation engineers and individuals in resources management and business.


Throughout the Program, you will learn how to use various GIS software platforms, such as ArcGIS, data management, and you will learn how to use GPS technology and how it can be used on GIS mapping. There are 8 courses in the Program and it all depends on your lifestyle and workload on how long it takes to complete the Program. You may take as many courses as you like in each semester to complete the Program, but we highly recommend you take the prerequisite courses before taking particular courses (Please see the Program of Studies or the Continuing Education course catalogue). All of the courses are completed online - there aren't any on-campus courses.

Program Contact
Continuing Education Technology
  • Recommend Requirements: None, only a desire to learn GIS.

You do not need to apply to begin this program. Start by ensuring you meet the admission requirements listed above and then register for the courses listed in the Program of Studies when they are offered.  Some courses have prerequisites, so please check the Program of Studies for details. Find out how to register for a course.

The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the 2017/18 academic year. Students who began in other academic years may require different courses to be eligible to graduate. If you have questions regarding a strategy for completion contact Continuing Education - Technology and Skills.

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A selection of courses are available each term. Courses that are currently not available (N/A) for registration may be offered in the future – check back frequently.

Mandatory Courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: Gain an understanding of GIS fundamental concepts and terminology including the role of GIS in business, government, surveying and natural resources. Learn how to create and manipulate data using GIS. Examine the collection, management, analysis and presentation of spatial data, concepts of database systems, data modeling and digital mapping.
Equivalents: INFOCVA03
Course description:
Prerequisites: INFOCVA03 or INFO10233
Course description: Examine various types of Internet Mapping. Examine strategies for managing data for Internet Map Project. Demonstrate the understanding of the topics; Geographic Markup Language, Web Map Service Standards, Open-source and commercial solutions to serving geographical data and common tasks, and issues involved in creating maps.
Prerequisites: INFOCVA03 or INFO10233
Course description: Develop a foundation for designing and maintaining a geographic information system and become familiar with existing databases, standards, and industry practices for data management.
Prerequisites: INFOCVA03 and INFO10177 and INFO10081 or INFO10233 and INFO10177 and INFO10081 or INFO10233 and INFO10234 and INFO10235
Course description: Gain hands-on experience and the conceptual overview needed to take full advantage of the ArcGIS software's advanced display, analysis, and presentation mapping functions. Become familiar with the components of the ArcGIS graphical user interface (GUI) and learn how to produce map layouts, tables and charts to display and query different kinds of information. Extensions to ArcGIS will also be covered.
Prerequisites: INFOCVA03 or INFO10233
Course description: This course provides students with an overview of sensing systems including aerial photography, multi spectral scanning, radar, and thermography. The imagery generated by these systems is compared in terms of its temporal, spatial, spectral and radiometric resolution, and the suitability of each system for particular purposes. Using Digital Imaging software, processing techniques for enhancing, correcting and classifying Landsat multi spectral scanner data are introduced. Prerequisite: Intro to GIS
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: INFOCVA03 or INFO10233
Course description: Explore building data models, normalization, and querying a database to benefit GIS. Work with spatial data that is stored in a relational database management system and build on storage techniques using relational databases (non-spatial) and spatially enabled databases (Geodatabases). You will also navigate security, administration, and the beginnings of enterprise driven data management.
Credits: 3
Course description: Explore large scale enterprise integration of spatially enabled databases to secure administer, and set rules for data that has a spatial component. Use spatial measurements, functions, and indexes to process points, lines, and polygons. Develop and integrate a Spatial Database Management System (SDBMS) and deploy the database for multiple user access and editing. Develop an enterprise GIS data model and make use of efficient data processing strategies. Students are required to purchase a subscription to a managed cloud service in order to participate in this course. Fees will be charged by the provider to a student credit card and the actual expense will be based on usage; approximately $50 to $100 for the semester.
Prerequisites: INFO10234

When you successfully complete all of the required courses, you can apply to receive the Geographic Information Systems Certificate, acknowledging your achievement and training in the courses that have been covered throughout the Program. Upon achieving the Certificate, you will have gained an understanding of the fundamentals of GIS theory, GIS software, GPS equipment, data management and structure, remote sensing, and internet mapping. You will also understand how all of the courses incorporate hand-in-hand with each other, how you can incorporate certain GIS initiatives within your job using what you have learned in the Program, and what the various job markets are looking for in GIS proficiency today

Government Agencies (local, provincial and federal)

  • Transportation services
  • Urban planning
  • Data management warehousing
  • cartography

Police Foundations

  • Criminal Analysis

Emergency Medical Services

  • Dispatch control

Consulting Agencies

  • Environmental constraints analysis
  • GPS surveying
  • Spatial data analysis

GIS Software Developers

  • GIS education
  • Business analysis

There are several GIS positions and titles in these professionals - such as:

  • Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists
  • Geographic Information Systems Technician
  • Cartographers and Photogrammetrist
  • Surveying Technicians
  • Mapping Technicians

Popular GIS Job Postings Websites