Geographical Information Systems

The University of Hawaii offers a Geographic Information Systems in Ecosystem Management Certificate of Competence featuring experiential learning using mapping software and data analysis.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are software systems and techniques used to compile and present data in visual form.  Data is presented as layers of information according to specific location.  Google Maps is a well-known example which uses GIS to compile data according to location on the map.  GIS compiled data can be very useful to better understand problems in relation to space.

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Department Chair
Sean Calder
ICS 101 or BUSN 150 ; preferred familiarity with databases.  Or consent from instructor.

online learning III


GIS requires enrollment with the University of Hawaii.  Learn how to apply here



Apply STEM skills through hands-on learning with mapping software, field work, and data analysis.



GIS is expected to grow 20% in the next 10 years. Jobs are high skill and high wage.

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The Geographic Information Systems program is partially funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor in the amount of $402,434. Funding does not pay for student costs to participate. The GIS program is an equal opportunity employer/program.  Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.  TDD/TTY: 808.984.3325.