"A geographic information system (GIS) is a computer-based tool for mapping and analyzing things that exist and events that happen on earth. GIS technology integrates common database operations such as query and statistical analysis with the unique visualization and geographic analysis benefits offered by maps." — ESRI
By linking data to maps, a GIS map can reveal patterns and associated relationships not apparent with traditional information systems and database management products. By displaying information in a graphic form, GIS maps can communicate complex spatial patterns succinctly.
Check out these resources to learn more about the uses of GIS:
GeoTech Center Webinar
Design and Development of an Online GIS Certificate for Working Professionals
The geospatial technologies industry is currently growing at a rate that will require increased quantities of skilled workers over the next several years. With the increased demand for technical skill sets, Elmhurst College has provided a GTCM-aligned program consisting of an Online GIS Certificate Program and plans for an additional online Geospatial Science Program over the next year. A traditional undergraduate program, also aligned with the GTCM, currently exists in Applied Geospatial Technologies (AGT), and has prepared students to transition into the geospatial workforce with spatial skills stemming from coursework in spatial thinking, a required internship, two programming courses, and a Web Mapping course in addition to courses in remote sensing and spatial analysis. This webinar offers an examination of a geospatial program designed with both the transitioning undergraduate student as well as the geospatial professional in mind.