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Aug. 27: Graduate School offers geographic information systems certificate

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

FREDERICK, Md.—A post-baccalaureate certificate in geographic information systems will be offered by Hood College beginning this fall.

GIS, a highly demanded requisite skill in a variety of environmental sectors, is a special class of information systems that captures, stores, manipulates, analyzes and displays all forms of geographical data. Hood's certificate is focused on utilizing computerized cartography and spatially referenced databases for various facets of environmental biology. With applications related to engineering, planning, management, transport and logistics, insurance, telecommunications and business, the growing uses for GIS technology are widespread and diverse.

The certificate, unique among higher education institutions within the region, will meet the growing needs of this industry and will have a broad appeal to scientists and educators alike from a variety of environmental fields.

For more information, contact April Boulton, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology and program director, at, or the graduate school at