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Undergraduate Certificate in Environmental Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

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Environmental GIS Certificate.

Gain professional experience with a certificate that prepares you for high-tech careers in government, business, consulting, and environmental non-profit organizations. Geospatial Technology is an emerging field of study that includes Geographic Information System (GIS), Remote Sensing (RS) and Cartography. Geospatial technology enables us to acquire data that is referenced to the earth and use it for analysis, modeling, simulations and visualization.

Program Overview

Unity College’s Undergraduate Certificate in Environmental Geographic Information System (GIS) will prepare students to meld the two by integrating spatial technologies and environmental information. Environmental scientists can analyze and interpret environmental data while Geographic Information Systems (GIS) scientists can manage and manipulate data.

Hands-on experience through online projects and research will engage students in course activities and allow for increased comprehension of the science, concepts, and skills they need to become leaders in their chosen environmental fields.

Courses taken when earning this certificate can be used towards obtaining a B.S. in Environmental Geospatial Technologies.

Program Features

+ One-on-one academic and professional advising as our world-class faculty and trained staff strive to make your professional and academic goals a reality. 

+ Unity College is an accredited institution by New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). 

+ Experiential Online. Experiential programs are delivered 100% online with fieldwork designed with the working professional in mind. 

+ Study when and where you want and finish your certificate while still working full-time. 

+ Make professional connections with leaders in your field. 

Learn Specialized Skills

GIS Software

Students learn how to use the latest GIS software such as ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Desktop, and QGIS. They will demonstrate their knowledge to make their own maps using these software tools.

Collect Field Data

Students create dynamic solutions based on the field data that they collect in their local environments putting their knowledge into practice. They use best practices while collecting data for analysis.

Earn Badges

Students earn the GIS StoryMap badge which certifies their proficiency with the GIS software. The StoryMap is an ESRI ArcGIS Web Application that students build as a professional step into the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) world. 

Experts in the Field

At Unity College, our Faculty is comprised of a wide range of environmental science experts who in addition to teaching, conduct their own research and various fieldwork.

Jessica Morgan Unity College

Dr. Jessica Morgan

Instructor of GIS

Dr. Jessica Morgan earned her Ph.D. in Environmental Science from the University of Rhode Island and a B.S. in Physical Geography and M.S. in Geography from Texas State University – San Marcos. Dr. Morgan completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the EPA Atlantic Coastal Environmental Sciences Division Laboratory, where she developed geospatial models to analyze the effects of scale on land use/land cover data, in support of water quality analyses.

Dr. Morgan brings value to her students with her continued fieldwork. Her research interests include remote sensing and GIS analysis for environmental applications, ecological response to stormwater best management practices, and scaling issues in land use/land cover data analysis. Outside of academia, Dr. Morgan served as the Low Impact Development Coordinator for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection for three years. She was also a whale trainer at Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut. Dr. Morgan has over 15 years of experience in environmental geospatial analysis and is passionate about working with students to help them develop the skills needed to develop solutions to complex environmental issues.

Frequently Asked Questions

“It was very different and I enjoyed the visual learning and examples provided by Dr. Willis.”

— Undergraduate Certificate in Environmental Geographic Information Systems Student

Degree Requirements

The Environmental Geospatial Technologies certificate requires a minimum of 24 earned credit hours. For all degree requirements, check out the Undergraduate Certificate in Environmental Geographic Information Systems Checksheet or the Unity College Distance Education Course Catalog.

Find solutions to global problems

Understand and utilize geospatial data

Join a high-demand workforce


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Last Updated on August 26, 2022