What you'll learn studying Geographic Information Systems at UW-Platteville

Explore geographic information systems with the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Department of Environmental Sciences and Society and learn more about the technology that connects our physical world. When you pursue a GIS degree or certificate, you’ll examine current trends in geospatial technology, computerized mapping, digital image processing, and spatial analysis. Coursework in remote sensing, advanced computer programming for geographic information systems, physical geography, and more will prepare you for careers such as environmental consultation, mapping technology, surveying, geology, biology, criminal justice and social sciences, and business.

While we don't offer a GIS degree, our minor or certificate program are great ways to specialize in this growing technical field. Your GIS minor or GIS graduate certificate will also include early opportunities for internships and field-based learning that will teach you the real-life skills employers want. You can complement this through a wide variety of student organizations that help you build your resume, explore your interests, and make friends along the way.

Careers in Geographic Information Systems 

Earning a geographic information systems degree or a GIS certificate will teach you how to collect, measure, prepare, map, and analyze geospatial data. When studying GIS at UW-Platteville, you will learn how to use state-of-the-art technology such as remote sensing equipment and GIS software to study the world around us. Some of the roles our GIS minor and certificate program will prepare you for include:

  • Archaeologist
  • CAD designer
  • CAD drafter
  • CAD technician
  • Cartographer
  • Environmental scientist
  • Forester
  • Geodesist
  • Geographer
  • GEOINT analyst
  • Geoscientist
  • Geospatial engineer
  • GIS analyst
  • GIS developer
  • GIS manager
  • GIS software engineer
  • GIS specialist
  • GIS technician
  • Land survey technician
  • LiDAR analyst
  • Oceanographer
  • Photogrammetrist
  • Remote sensing analyst
  • Seismologist
  • Survey CAD technician
  • Survey manager
  • Urban planner 

Graduates with a minor or certificate in GIS are in high demand in a number of industries. You could choose to work in a state, federal, or local government agency or in higher education, telecommunications, environmental and natural resources, engineering and construction, transportation, business, and more.

Discover by doing

Whether you pursue a GIS minor or a certificate, you will have numerous opportunities to learn both inside and outside of the classroom. Choose from hands-on research projects, internships, university events, and more — all designed to provide experiential learning to enhance your understanding of geographic information systems.

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