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  • The GIS Certificate at Harper College will give you hands-on experience with the latest GIS technology and techniques. You’ll work with Global Positioning Systems (GPS) technology and data visualization software, learning how to use location information to solve problems and tell compelling digital stories with interactive maps. This program provides you a balance of both classroom instruction and hands on exercises.
  • Career outcomes include:

    GIS Analyst
    GIS Technician
    Mapping Technician
    Cartographer and Photogrammetrist
    Geospatial Information Scientist or Technologist
    Remote Sensing Technician

    Harper GIS Certificate students at Harper have found internships or employment with the following organizations:

    Graf Tree Care
    Harper College - Facilities Management
    Lake County Forest Preserves
    Kabbes Engineering
    Mackie Consulting, LLC
    Morton Arboretum
    Nexamp
    Northern Illinois University
    Northwest Mosquito Abatement District
    Palatine Emergency Management Agency
    US Fish and Wildlife Service
    US Forest Service
    Village of Bartlett
    Village of Palatine
    Village of Schaumburg
    Village of South Barrington

    Other positions that use GIS and related technology skills are:

    Market Research Analyst
    Crime Analyst
    Epidemiologist
    Ecologist
    Wildlife Biologist
    Environmental Scientists and Specialists
    Forester
    Mining or Geological Engineer
    Urban Planner
    CAD Technician
    Social Studies or Science Teacher
    Intelligence Analyst

  • GIS Certificate Courses:

    Required (15 hours):
    GEG 150. Introduction to Geospatial Technologies. 3 credit hours.
    GEG 151. Geospatial Data Acquisition and Management. 3 credit hours.
    GEG 152. Spatial Analysis. 3 credit hours.
    GEG 153. Applied Geospatial Technologies. 3 credit hours.
    GEG 154. Introduction to Remote Sensing. 3 credit hours.

    Electives (3 hours):
    GEG 100. Cultural Geography. 3 credit hours.
    GEG 101. World Regional Geography. 3 credit hours.
    GEG 103. Geography of the Developing World. 3 credit hours.
    GEG 111. Physical Geography. 3 credit hours.
    GEG 155. GIS Internship. 3 credit hours.
    CIS 106. Computer Logic and Programming Technology. 3 credit hours.

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