Majors & Programs of Study

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

The GIS program is a 1-2 year certificate program. The strength of SUU’s GIS program relies on the interdisciplinary nature of spatial technologies which supplements a variety of professional fields. Biology, history, political science, business, engineering technology, anthropology and archeology, among many others, are areas of campus where GIS students have applied their skills.

POINTS of DISTINCTION

  • Geospatial technology is rated as one of the top emerging industries for the 21st century.
  • Local, state and federal placement rates over 95%.
  • Interdisciplinary application provides a variety of career opportunities.
  • Many hands-on service-learning and internship opportunities.

POSSIBLE CAREERS

There is a common misconception that the job possibilities for geographers are limited to either teachers/professors or cartographers. In reality, geographers hold a wide range of jobs, from government analyst, transportation planner, urban planner, tourism planner, forest ranger and park ranger to travel agent, airline pilot, journalist, meteorologist, climatologist, and many more, including military positions both enlisted and civilian.

AVAILABLE RESOURCES

GIS and Geospatial Technology careers are available in private industry, local, state and federal agencies as well as in the nonprofit areas.

STUDENT INVOLVEMENT

  • Internships and undergraduate research opportunities
  • Service learning
  • Conference participation
  • Mentoring
  • GIS program socials

CONTACT INFORMATION

Alumni Spotlight

Name: Matthew Lee

Graduated Bachelors of Interdisciplinary Studies in Geographic Information Systems and Certificate in Geographic Information Systems from SUU
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems from Penn State University

Current job: Cartographer
Dixie National Forest

"My education at SUU provided me with the skills and real world experience that I needed to succeed. I graduated from SUU feeling prepared to compete in the job market and was able to find a job working in a field that I love."

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