Environmental Technology Certificate

Geographic Information Systems


The Environmental Technology certificates are a collaborative partnership among Cape Cod Community College, Massachusetts Maritime Academy and University of Massachusetts–Dartmouth, for persons seeking to acquire skills and knowledge in these environmental fields: Coastal Zone Management, Environmental Site Assessment, Geographic Information Systems, Photovoltaic Technology, Small Wind Technology, Solar Thermal Technology, and Water Supply. Students may need to travel to each of the three schools in order to complete all the courses in any certificate program. Students are encouraged to enroll in ENV260 Cooperative Work Experience/Internship.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a computer database management system which combines computer graphics, artificial intelligence, and high speed communication to store, retrieve, manipulate, analyze, and map geographic data. The technology is used to process complex geographic and environmental data for informed decision making by government, municipal and private industry.

Originally used with environmental data, GIS has become a cross discipline analysis platform for analyzing and solving a variety of complex problems. Geographic information systems are incredibly adaptable and continue to be used in new ways to present information visually and easily. The certificate introduces the student to concepts in geography, cartography and database management, and the analysis of systems and processes using GIS.

Courses Credits
ENV118   4
ENV122   3
ENV163   3
ENV164   3
ENV260   3
Total Credits 13/16

Note: This certificate is appropriate for students with advanced degrees that are looking for specific technical training.

Career Outlook

Completion of the GIS certificate prepares a student to obtain a position as a GIS technician or to advance a career in a variety of disciplines such as regional and urban planning, environmental resource management, or economic development. The Department of Labor predicts that job opportunities in this field are expected to increase 11 to 22 percent for all occupations through the year 2022. The widespread availability and use of advanced technologies, such as GPS, GIS, and remote sensing continues to increase both the accuracy and productivity of these workers. Opportunities for technicians should be available in basic GIS-related data-entry work.

This occupational profile is provided by O*NET.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the Geographic Information Systems Certificate, students are able to: