GIS Program

map of Westfield

What is GIS?

What? Where? Why?

These are the three core questions of geography and GIS means creating intelligent and meaningful maps to answer them. GIS means data visualization and analysis - investigating relationships that exist between variables across space and/or across time. A GIS analysis not always create a map, but uses a wide range of data visualization tools and techniques.

GIS is a high-growth industry with great job and salary opportunities. GIS and Geography are rated amongst the Top 25 fastest-growing occupations with an anticipated growth of 3 to 28 percent through 2020 (more information).

Our GIS Minor and GIS Certificate give you the competence and hands-on experience to successfully use GIS in your future career. You have great GIS choices at Westfield State: you can take a class or two to learn the basics or choose our GIS Minor or GIS Certificate and go big! Our GIS Technology Center in Wilson 202A is always available for your GIS projects.


Contact Dr. Tim LeDoux (GIS Coordinator) or Dr. Carsten Braun (GIS Certificate Director) to discover how GIS can fit into your education and future!

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