Geographic Information Systems - 079
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.
Admission & Registration
- 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.
Program of Studies
The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the 2019/20 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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|Register||Course number||Course title||Course Hours|
|N/A||INFO10233||Intro to Geographic Information Systems||42.00|
|N/A||INFO10234||Relational Database Management Systems||42.00|
|N/A||INFO10235||Spatial Database Management and Integration||42.00|
|N/A||INFOCV630||GPS - Global Positioning Systems||42.00|
|N/A||INFOCVA14||Designing, Managing/Implementing a GIS||42.00|
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Frequently Asked Questions
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
- Criminal Analysis
Emergency Medical Services
- Dispatch control
- Environmental constraints analysis
- GPS surveying
- Spatial data analysis
GIS Software Developers
- GIS education
- Business analysis
GIS Positions and Titles
- Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists
- Geographic Information Systems Technician
- Cartographers and Photogrammetrist
- Surveying Technicians
- Mapping Technicians