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Geography (Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technology )

Undergraduate Certificate

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) allow you to map, model, query, and analyze large quantities of data according to their location. GIS benefits organizations in almost every industry. There is growing interest in the economic, environmental, and strategic planning value of GIS.

Program Overview

Anyone admitted to GVSU as a degree-seeking student may complete this certificate. Students will complete a minimum of 13 credit hours to receive certification in GIS. Up to six credits can be transferred from another institution (subject to course content approval).


Students must complete the following courses:

  • GPY 200 Computer Cartography
  • GPY 307 Introduction to GIS
  • GPY 407 Advanced GIS
  • One elective, see catalog for the list of electives.

Career Options

Our alumni have found rewarding careers such as:

  • GIS analyst
  • Land use analyst
  • Business GIS analyst
  • Cartographer
  • GIS system manager
  • GIS system developer

Read about our successful alums at

Why Study Gis at Grand Valley?

  • An emerging field. Geospatial technology is one of the most important emerging fields in the United States according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
  • Marketability. GIS competency offers top jobs in a wide variety of sectors.
  • A competitive edge. Studying these technologies will give students an edge over peers in the current job market.
  • Practical application. Students will learn practical skills that will benefit their future careers.
  • Flexibility. Students can attend full or part time. Any major combined with this certificate creates a new hybrid skill set.
  • Affordability. An extra credential on your official transcript with little to no additional cost.

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