Undergraduate Certificate

GIS Certificate

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Enter this exciting field with our innovative curriculum including ArcGIS Pro and Python
Flexible, online course offerings for those with work or family commitments
One-on-one advising keeps you on track

GIS Certificate Overview

The University of West Florida’s online Certificate in Geographic Information Science combines a comprehensive foundation in the geosciences with hands-on experience in GIS technologies. Whether you are a working professional or working from home, this affordable, fully online certificate program provides the flexibility you need to advance your career in this fast-paced, growing field.

With expert faculty who have extensive GIS experience, your coursework goes beyond simple how-to guides to ensure you have the skills needed to improve your current work or to begin entry-level positions in GIS. In fact, we are constantly developing and updating our course content to meet the needs of the industry and to stay up-to-date with the latest versions of all software. Expectations are reviewed upfront, so you can expect transparency and consistency in course load and required technology. Our expert faculty will guide you through tools including ArcGIS Pro, Adobe Illustrator, and Python programming—required software is available remotely, eliminating the need to buy and install expensive programs. Each course follows a similar course design or format so that you can focus on content and practice.

Even though our GIS Certificate program is entirely online, you can still receive individualized attention via virtual meetings with instructors, personal advising appointments, and get connected with necessary resources such as technical assistance and tutoring. Instructors, and even graduate teaching assistants, are invested in your success. When it comes to your internship, we will help connect you with partners and advisory board members who will find the right position for you.

Most of our graduates obtain a career in the field after they finish the program. You will be marketable as a GIS technician, GIS analyst and GIS manager in several industries including geography, environmental sciences, archaeology, business, information technology services, defense and intelligence and public health/safety.

Candidates for This Program Include:

  • Students with at least a high school diploma who wish to enter the field of GIS
  • Students who wish to apply knowledge to research and graduate study involving spatial analysis
  • Full-time employees learning new skills
  • Those seeking in-demand technical experience using industry-standard geospatial software
  • Anyone interested in learning GIS

You Will Be Able To:

  • Recognize and practice using GIS technologies
  • Analyze and interpret large amounts of data collected by GIS technologies
  • Gain real-world experience through a required GIS internship