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Program Overview

A number of GIS certificates nationwide that provide very general training in this field without specialization. Hood’s certificate is unique in that graduates will be competitive for a number of jobs in the environmental sector that rely on GIS data. Successful students in our program will learn current theory and fundamentals in GIS, application and analysis of GIS data from all fields of environmental biology, proficiency in remote-sensing theory and practices, and they will be able to propose and implement relevant GIS research for current environmental issues. 

Entrance Requirements

Complete and submit the graduate school application available at

Request one copy of official transcripts from each institution of higher education attended. Transcripts should be sent directly from each institution to the graduate school.

Grade Point Average
A minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA is required for admission to the graduate school and to the GIS-ENV certificate program, however, a GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred.

Essay and References
Students applying for the GIS certificate program must complete an essay of 550 words or less that includes background experience and future goals. Two letters of recommendation are suggested, but not required.

Program Requirements

Required Core Courses (9 credits)
ENV 501 Introduction to Environmental Biology (3 credits)
ENV 502 Principles of Ecology (3 credits)
ENV 526G Introduction to GIS Mapping (1 credit)
ENV 526H Introduction to GIS Analysis (1 credit)
ENV 526I Introduction to Remote Sensing (1 credit)

Electives (minimum of 9 credits):
Once students successfully complete ENV 526G and 526H and meet all the prerequisites for a given course, students will select an additional 9 credits of GIS electives. The elective courses will require a major GIS-related project or paper in order to receive certificate credit.
ENV 503 Pollution Biology (3 credits)
ENV 506 Environmental Microbiology (3 credits)
ENV 507 Natural Resource Management (3 credits)
ENV 509 Ecological Invasions and Biological Control (3 credits)
ENV 511 Conservation Biology (3 credits)
ENV 512 Insect Ecology (3 credits)
ENV 513 Marine Ecology (3 credits)
ENV 550G Historical Ecology (3 credits)
ENV 563 Freshwater Ecology (3 credits)
ENV 564 Environmental Toxicology (3 credits)
ENV 577 Climate Change (3 credits)