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What is GIS?


 Why is GIS important to You?

Geographic Information Systems is a field that is especially designed to handle maps as well as the databases associated with it. It is the culmination of the graphic representation of space as well as the ability to store the properties and attributes of the different objects that lies in it. It can be applied to various fields; so use your immagination! Essentially, any application that would require the storage and analysis of information as well as location would make good use of GIS tools, methods and capabilities. Check examples of GIS here.

Geographic information is key to prudent and sound decision making. Since it can be adopted in a wide variety of day-to-day operation planning in businesses, community support, public and private agencies, and local, state, and federal governments, it became an essential set of skills and experience needed in today’s job market. According to the US Department of Labor (DoL), Geospatial Technologies, which GIS is a core part of, is defined as a high growth industry profile (link) . See how GIS can be applied in your field here.


GIS at Clarion

Program Info and Course Requirements

Clarion University offers a rigorous GIS education to prepare you for competitive market and graduate education prospects. Regardless of your current or planned major, the GIS minor will provide you with the basic skills in the field. Furthermore, an Environmental Geoscience major with a GIS concentration will take you to a higher level of data handling, spatial analysis and will lead you to a deeper knowledge of system integration and application of GIS tools and techniques to environmental-related issues.

> GIS Minor

> Environmental Geoscience – GIS Concentration


For more information about GIS at Clarion University please contact Dr. Ayad (814.393.2990  -