What are Geographic Information Systems?
GIS is powerful analytical software combining data with maps. It allows users to query, analyze and visualize spatial data, asking any “where” questions: “where are we seeing outbreaks of flu,” “where will this utility have the greatest impact” or “where should we open our storefront?” Because they are so widely applicable, geographic information systems have become a linchpins of the Information Age. Employers across industries are seeking candidates trained in geospatial technologies. Because its uses are so pervasive, geospatial technology is considered a high-growth industry by the U.S. Department of Labor, growing at an annual rate of almost 35 percent, with faster-than-average job growth expected over the next 10 years.
- Major in Environmental Studies
- Minor in Environmental Studies
- Major in Geography and Urban Studies
- Minor in Geography and Urban Studies
- PhD in Geography and Urban Studies
- MA in Geography and Urban Studies
- Undergraduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems
- Professional Science Master’s in Geographic Information Systems
- Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems
- 4+1 BA/BS and Professional Science Master’s in Geographic Information Systems
- 4+1 BA/BS and MA in Geography and Urban Studies
Join a Growing Field
In the Information Age, there is a growing need for job candidates who are able to manipulate large volumes of data. Temple University GIS students learn skills that are applicable across industries, from tech companies to nonprofits and governmental agencies.
Complement Any Major
Our undergraduate certificate can be added to any major in any Temple school or college. We offer a range of electives to help students pursue coursework that relates to their areas of interest.
Stand Out on the Job Market
Our graduate offerings include both a Professional Science Master's (PSM) in GIS and a graduate certificate open to any student with a bachelor's degree.