Geographic Information Systems Proficiency Certificate


GIS is a computerized database management system for capture, storage, retrieval analysis and display of geographic information. The new and fast growing field enables organizations to be more efficient in planning and distribution of resources. GIS has a wide range of applications for corporate, nonprofit and government settings.

The GIS proficiency certificate is designed for individuals who have an interest in a career in GIS, enhancing their skills, learning to use GIS applications in their current profession, or to earn an additional credential. Students will develop basic proficiency with industry standard software.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this GIS proficiency certificate students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the skills necessary to perform entry-level GIS tasks in an employment setting.
  • Demonstrate basic proficiency in industry standard software.
  • Understand the general nature of spatial analysis and application used in GIS software applications.
  • Develop a network of professional resources in GIS.

Program Entry Requirements:

This certificate is open to interested students. Students are required to satisfy placement at the time of admission. Students who are identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactory complete the appropriate English and mathematics course as part of the certificate.


Students will be guided to select three of the courses listed below based on skill level, prior experience and interest.

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:

Successful completion of the program requires a "C" or better in each of the courses listed. In order to achieve a "C" or better and thus demonstrate competency students must complete exams, writing assignments, and participation in class activities.

Course Sequence:

Select 3 of the following courses

Course Number and Name Prerequisites Credits
GIS 101 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems   3 credits
GIS 102 - Intermediate Geographic Information Systems GIS 101 3 credits
GIS 104 - Principles of Computer Cartography and Visualization GIS 101 3 credits
GIS 201 - Advanced Geospatial Applications GIS 102 3 credits
GIS 203 - Remote Sensing and Global Positioning Technologies GIS 101 3 credits
GIS 206 - Introduction to Web GIS GIS 201 3 credits

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate:


General Education Requirements:

All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College's general education requirements is also available.

For More Information, Contact:

The Division of Liberal Studies, Room BR-21, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8450; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.