Programs at SUU

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

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The GIS program is a 1-2 year certificate program. The strength of SUU’s GIS program relies on the interdisciplinary nature of spatial technologies which supplements a variety of professional fields. Biology, history, political science, business, engineering technology, anthropology and archeology, among many others, are areas of campus where GIS students have applied their skills.


  • Geospatial technology is rated as one of the top emerging industries for the 21st century.
  • Local, state and federal placement rates over 95%.
  • Interdisciplinary application provides a variety of career opportunities.
  • Many hands-on service-learning and internship opportunities.


There is a common misconception that the job possibilities for geographers are limited to either teachers/professors or cartographers. In reality, geographers hold a wide range of jobs, from government analyst, transportation planner, urban planner, tourism planner, forest ranger and park ranger to travel agent, airline pilot, journalist, meteorologist, climatologist, and many more, including military positions both enlisted and civilian.


GIS and Geospatial Technology careers are available in private industry, local, state and federal agencies as well as in the nonprofit areas.


  • Internships and undergraduate research opportunities
  • Service learning
  • Conference participation
  • Mentoring
  • GIS program socials

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