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GIS Certificate


Unlike one-size-fits-all programs, the Geographic Information Systems certificate program at the Hood College Graduate School is precisely focused on environmental biology. The program--offered at the school's campus in Frederick, Maryland--builds high-demand expertise in the use of computerized cartography and spatially referenced databases. In fact, most job postings in the field include GIS as an emphasis and even as a qualification requirement.

Help unravel pressing problems

GIS skills provide an increasingly critical visual bridge in communications between bioscience and policymakers, nonprofits and stakeholders. Hood’s program equips students to support the decision-making and analysis entailed in pressing conservation efforts, natural resource management, climate change and more.

Become skilled in the pre-eminent software

Coursework begins with a core introduction to prevalent environmental issues. Students delve into the applications and informed use of GIS in resource conservation and insect, fresh water and invasive species ecology. Hands-on practice hones proficiency with ArcGIS, remote sensing imagery and other cutting-edge technology. Capacity-building experiences include capturing and managing multiple types of geographic data, assessing relationships, measuring change and modeling events.

Learn while working

The 18-credit program’s small, evening classes offer the advantage of individual attention and the flexibility to continue working by day. Beyond the campus, close ties with NASA/Goddard, Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources and more afford access to top minds in the profession.

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Sue Carney, Ph.D.



Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions:
Jan Steven Marcus