Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) & Remote Sensing

Explore the art, science and technology involved in collecting and managing geographically referenced information. GIS stands for Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing refers to acquiring and processing images of the Earth’s surface taken from airborne or space-borne platforms. Together, this group of information, disciplines and technologies are known as geomatics – and are the backbone to many decision-making systems and location-based services emerging in the New Information Economy.

By completing this certificate alongside your BES degree, you will enhance the theoretical foundation provided by your Area of Concentration with hands-on technical training. These technologies are being introduced to more and more employment sectors and will open up a variety career paths in planning, environmental analysis, housing, transportation, natural resource management and other areas dealing with spatial analysis applications, topographical surveying, geospatial database development, cartographic imaging, and project planning/management.

How to Apply for Current York Students

To apply for the GIS certificate program, you must fill out the GIS application form (PDF) and submit it to the Office of Student and Academic Services (OSAS) in 137 HNES.

Both York University degree candidates and non-degree students may earn a Certificate in GIS Remote Sensing.

How to Apply for Non-York Students

Candidates who previously completed an undergraduate degree in a related field must have a minimum grade point average of 5.0. Future Students can apply to York University through the Future Students Website http://futurestudents.yorku.ca/.

Required courses (24 credits):
  • ENVS 1000 6.0 Perspectives in Environmental Studies
  • ENVS 2009 3.0 Quantitative Methods in Environmental Studies (formerly ENVS 3009 3.0)
  • ENVS 3520 3.0 Applications of Geographic Information Systems in  Environmental Studies
  • ENVS 3521 3.0 Environmental Remote Sensing
  • ENVS 4520 3.0 Geographical Information Systems Applications in Environmental Studies
  • ENVS 4521 3.0 Remote Sensing and Image Processing for Geographical Analysis and Environmental Monitoring

AND  3.0 credits from the following list of elective courses

Elective courses

  • ESSE 4200 3.0 Remote Sensing of the Earth's Surface
  • ESSE 4230 3.0 Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere
  • ENVS 3710 3.0 Landscape Ecology
  • ENVS 4522 3.0 Internet-distributed GIS for Public Engagement
  • GEOG 2340 3.0 Geoinformatics: Introduction (CCE: GEOG 2350 3.0)
  • GEOG 3140 3.0 Retailing, Shopping, Society and Space
  • GEOG 4240 3.0 The Planning of Urban Public Facilities
Other requirements

Students working towards this certificate must:

  • maintain a cumulative grade point average of 6.00 (B) in the certificate required courses
  • achieve a cumulative g.p.a. of 5.00 (C+) in all courses; and
  • register in the Certificate program after completing 24 credits.

Students who have been exempted from any of the required courses or Special Students who have successfully completed the equivalent of any of the required courses must substitute additional credits from the certificate program elective courses list, for an overall total of 24 credits in the certificate program.