Certificate in Environmental Geographic Information Systems
Environmental scientists can analyze and interpret environmental data while Geographic Information Systems (GIS) scientists can manage and manipulate data. Unity College’s Environmental Geographic Information System (GIS) Certificate will prepare students to meld the two by integrating spatial technologies and environmental information.
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.
24 credits earned
Choose from one of the following courses:
ENVS 201: The Warming Planet: Understanding Climate Change
Climate change is one of the most urgent and complicated issues we face today. This course explores the science of climate change by teaching students how the climate system works, what factors cause climate to change, how climate has changed in the past, how scientists use models, observations, technology, and theory to make predictions about future climate; and the possible consequences of climate change for our planet. Finally, students will explore the connection between human activity and the current warming trend and consider some of the potential social, economic, political, and environmental consequences of climate change.
EVPC 201: Environmental Issues: Deforestation, Biodiversity Loss, and Overpopulation
This course is part of a two-course sequence that provides students with an understanding of the interconnectedness of the looming environmental issues that the world faces. This class will provide students with a basic scientific understanding of deforestation, biodiversity, and overpopulation and address what societies can do that they aren’t currently doing. Upon completion, students will be able to critically assess these issues and provide models for making more sustainable choices.
EVPC 202: Environmental Issues: Energy, Water Scarcity, and Waste
This course is part of a two-course sequence that provides students with an understanding of the interconnectedness of looming environmental issues that the world faces. This class will provide students with a basic scientific understanding of energy, water scarcity, and waste, and overpopulation and address what societies can do that they aren’t currently doing. Upon completion, students will be able to critically assess these issues and provide models for making more sustainable choices.
Remaining 21 credits required for certification:
GISC 101: Introduction to Geospatial Technologies
This course is designed for students from any discipline who are interested in applying GIS as a tool to help answer important and timely questions about our environment. This course presents the concepts upon which Geographic Information System technology is based including the fundamentals of cartography, geodesy, coordinate systems, and projections. Conceptual overview and hands-on experience of vector data analyses and table queries are introduced. Students will use ArcGIS to classify data, query tables and maps, analyze spatial relationships, set map projections, build spatial databases, edit data, and create map layouts.
GISC 201: Geographic Information Systems for a Changing World
This course introduces students to fundamental theories and practices of cartography and visualization. By learning symbology, coordinate systems, map projections, topographic representations, interpolation, classification schemes, students will think and communicate visually using a variety of environmental GIS data. Assignments and the final project will teach students to visually display and examine pressing environmental problems.
GISC 301: Applied Spatial Analysis and GIS Application
This course is intended to build upon introductory GIS knowledge. Students apply more advanced methodologies using GIS and remote sensing technologies. Types of data used will include vector and raster spatial data, imagery, maps, and topographic data to examine environmental problems. Data assessed will include spatial information regarding human and natural hazards and disasters, land use and land cover, surface temperature, climate change, wetland delineation, wildlife corridor mapping, coastal erosion, human impacts on the environment, and more.
GISC 303: Conservation Cartography and Visualization
GISC 305: Environmental Impact using Remote Sensing
GISC 307: Field Data Collection for GIS
GISC 401: Advanced GIS Analysis for Environmental Solutions