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Geographic Information Systems Proficiency Certificate


GIS is a computerized database management system for capture, storage, retrieval analysis and display of geographic information. The new and fast growing field enables organizations to be more efficient in planning and distribution of resources. GIS has a wide range of applications for corporate, nonprofit and government settings.

The GIS proficiency certificate is designed for individuals who have an interest in a career in GIS, enhancing their skills, learning to use GIS applications in their current profession, or to earn an additional credential. Students will develop basic proficiency with industry standard software.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this GIS proficiency certificate students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the skills necessary to perform entry-level GIS tasks in an employment setting.
  • Demonstrate basic proficiency in industry standard software.
  • Understand the general nature of spatial analysis and application used in GIS software applications.
  • Develop a network of professional resources in GIS.

Entrance Requirements:

This certificate is open to interested students New students are normally required to take the College's placement test at their time of entry. Students who are identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactory complete the appropriate English and mathematics course as part of the certificate.


Students will be guided to select three of the courses listed below based on skill level, prior experience and interest.

Geographic Information Systems Proficiency Certificate Course Sequence

Course Number Course Title Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits

Select 3 of the following courses

GIS 101 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems   3
GIS 102 Intermediate Geographic Informarion Systems GIS 101 3
GIS 104 Principles of Computer Cartography and Visualization GIS 101 3
GIS 201 Advance Geospatial Applications GIS 102 3
GIS 203 Remote Sensing and Global Positioning Technologies GIS 101 3
GIS 206 Introduction to Web GIS GIS 201 3
Total to Graduate: 9


Successful Complettion:

Successful completion of the program requires a "C" or better in each of the courses listed above. In order to achieve a "C" or better and thus demonstrate competency students must complete exams, writing assignments, and participation in class activities.

For More Information Contact:

The Division of Liberal Studies, Room BR-21, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8450; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.

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