GIS Certificate Courses and Careers

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.

Since 2015 Harper GIS certificate students have received employment or internships with the following organizations:

  • Graf Tree Care
  • Harper College - Facilities Management
  • Lake County Forest Preserves
  • Kabbes Engineering, LLC
  • Lee County Port Authority
  • 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


What careers are possible with GIS skills? Click on the links below to explore!

Career Outcomes Other Positions
GIS Analyst Market Research Analyst
GIS Technician Crime Analyst
Mapping Technician Epidemiologist
Cartographer and Photogrammetrist Ecologist
Geospatial Information Scientist or Technologist Wildlife Biologist
Remote Sensing Technician Environmental Scientists and Specialists
Mining or Geological Engineer
Urban Planner
CAD Technician
Social Studies or Science Teacher
Intelligence Analyst

GIS Certificate Courses:

Required (15 hours)

  • All classes listed below are 3 credit hours
  • GEG 150: Introduction to Geospatial Technologies
  • GEG 151: Geospatial Data Acquisition and Management
  • GEG 152: Spatial Analysis
  • GEG 153: Applied Geospatial Technologies
  • GEG 250: Introduction to Remote Sensing
  • GIS Course Pathways (click here)

Electives (3 hours)

  • All classes listed below, except GEG 155, are 3 credit hours
  • GEG 100: Cultural Geography
  • GEG 101: World Regional Geography
  • GEG 103: Geography of the Developing World
  • GEG 111: Physical Geography
  • GEG 155: GIS Internship (1-3 credit hours)
  • CIS 106: Computer Logic and Programming Technology

News and Information:


For more information contact Mukila Maitha, Associate Professor, GIS and Drone Program Coordinator, Geography Department, at or 847.925.6521.

In The News

Please see the links below to read news stories related to GIS at Harper College.