Geographic Information System (GIS)

School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics


Program Overview

The program objective is to certify a student's satisfactory completion of a series of courses designed for professional GIS training and education at Stockton University. GIS is becoming increasingly important as a cost-effective means of data analysis and presentation in a wide range of specialties. GIS is also a necessary tool in a decision-making process for strategic planning and location selection. In addition to Environmental professionals, GIS is also used by politicians, public health officials, regional planners, first responders, business marketing professionals, and many others. According to CNN Money 2013 survey, GIS specialist was ranked as the 85th American Best Jobs with average salary of $53,400 and 22.1% job growth rate for the next ten year. Since 2002, 67 graduates have been awarded with the GIS Certificate from Stockton University. They are currently playing important roles in the GIS field of the nation, especially in New Jersey.

Is this the Right Program For You?

You may be an excellent candidate for the GIS Certificate program
if you are a:

  • Professional environmental engineer
  • Professional planner
  • Land surveyor
  • Environmental consultant
  • Geographers and anthropologist
  • Public health officer
  • Business management and marketing personnel
  • Emergency management officer
  • Educator
  • Computer mapping and graphics design professional
  • Interested in the new technologies!

Sample Curriculum Schedule – 17* or 18 credits

Note: This information is current for the 2015-16 academic year;
however, all stated academic information is subject to change.
Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information

Prerequisites (for non-ENVL majors):
GNM 1242 Mapping the World's Natural Resources or
ENVL 2100 Physical Geography, Credits: 4.00
ENVL 2400 Intro to Statistics and Computers or equivalent,
Credits: 4.00

Common Core – 9 or 10 credits
ENVL 3302 Geographic Information Systems
or equivalent Credits: 3.00* or 4.00
ENVL 3303 Advanced GIS, (Spring semester) Credits: 4.00
ENVL 4622 Global Positioning Systems for GIS, (Fall semester) Credits: 2.00

Select one or two of the following courses – 4 credits
ENVL 3304 Remote Sensing, (Spring semester) Credits: 2.00
ENVL 3307 Geodatabase, (Spring semester) Credits: 2.00
ENVL 3308 Intro to LiDAR, Credits: 2.00
ENVL 4201 Spatial Statistics, (Spring semester) Credits: 2.00
CSIS 3222 Database Systems, Credits: 4.00

GIS Senior Project or Internship
ENVL 49/4800 GIS projects, Credits: 4.00


A student with prerequisites starting the program in fall may finish it within a year!

* Applies to a transferred course carrying 3 credits instead of 4.