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Added on: November 6, 2018
Last updated: January 7, 2019

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) – UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education

Program Overview / Impact

From environmental, agricultural and natural resource management to real estate, engineering, city planning and public health, the use of geographic information systems (GIS) has become a necessary tool in many professions.

UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education offers beginning, intermediate and advanced courses that give students hands-on experience with the ArcGIS software package and the practical skills—such as database management, Python programming and cartographic design—necessary to becoming an effective GIS specialist.



How to Get Involved

Geographic Information Systems Professional Concentration– The Geographic Information Systems Professional Concentration can be completed in one year. It consists of four required courses and three elective courses, with a curriculum structured to build upon and reinforce your learning from previous classes. The Geographic Information Systems Professional Concentration is approved by the UC Davis Department Environmental Science & Policy.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialization – Created by UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education and hosted on the Coursera platform, this is an online course consisting of pre-recorded video lectures, auto-graded and peer-reviewed assignments, and community discussion forums. This specialization program is self-paced and designed to help you master a specific career skill in as little as 4-6 months.


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“GIS is foundational to my work and my colleagues’ work, as well as to business, research, governance and recreation worldwide. I enjoy working with GIS and sharing my expertise with others.”

— Nick Santos, UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education instructor and research staff for UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences

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