The Department of Geology and Environmental Science offers a Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). GIS is a computer-based system that allows you to display virtually any type of information that can appear on a map. As long as you have precise geographic coordinates, you can plot census data, geologic data, species data, historical data, economic data, and any other sort of information you can find on maps that may highlight topography, geographic features, bedrock or surficial geology, ecologic setting, satellite imagery, etc.
GIS makes it easy to discover and display relationships between multiple types of information stemming from a range of sources. GIS is thus a powerful tool for analyzing and understanding the past, present, and future of any given natural or human-made landscape.