GIS is a valuable research technology skill for students studying anthropology and sociology. Through GIS, students, researchers and professionals take spatial information from an area to create a map. For instance, sociologists use regional data to create maps outlining the distribution of housing, businesses, immigrants and poverty, among others.
In the GIS lab, students learn the skills of GIS in order to produce descriptive, analytic information for use in decision-making on social and cultural issues and topics. These skills are essential for professional sociologists and anthropologists.
Learn more about the GIS Lab at the Center for Environmental Sciences website.
The certificate in Geographic Information Systems is offered by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology in conjunction with the Department of Biology and the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. The GIS certificate is open to SLU graduate students, including those enrolled in the Master's Degree programs in Public Sociology.
To earn the certificate, students must complete 15 hours of GIS coursework. For more information about the GIS certificate, please contact Dr Robert Ripperdan, Director of the Center for Environmental Sciences.