Carroll College, Helena Montana
Carroll GIS Student

Geographic Information Systems

Geographic Information Systems Program

The GIS Certification at Carroll is designed to provide students with the technological tools and skills to use in their major program or other interest to:

  • communicate about spatial locations and data
  • visualize and understand spatial data and patterns
  • do spatial analysis, modeling and trending for research and problem solving

GIS is a rapidly expanding research, problem solving and communication technique for spatial data.  Often using GPS collected data or existing data from many online sources, GIS allows the making of maps as well as the application of statistics and other data analysis techniques for research in a wide variety of fields.  At Carroll, programs using or exploring GIS techniques include Environmental Studies, Math, Engineering and Computer Science, Public Health and Sociology, although the research and analysis skills can be applied to any discipline that has spatial data analysis needs.


GIS is becoming essential to work and research in many, many fields. Environmental Engineering, Natural Resource Management, Hydrology and Civil Engineering, Math, Computer Science, Sociology, History, Political Science, Public Health and Epidemiology, and Real Estate are common examples at Carroll and in the Helena community.

10 reasons

to choose carroll college for this program

  1. It’s a common acronym on job announcements - Nice to know what it means.
  2. Spatial data and GIS are becoming fundamental components of computer database management, web sites and computer applications.
  3. Environmental Scientists and Engineers need GIS for most research needs.
  4. Tracking the spread of disease (epidemiology) depends on GIS data as well as statistical and spatial relationship analysis.
  5. You will have the tools to analyze and propose the next Congressional redistricting model
  6. know the difference between GPS and GIS.
  7. Get a clue how Google Earth creates directions for you – and why they might be good (or not).
  8. GIS skills are quickly becoming cutting-edge in the social sciences.
  9. Wildlife, fisheries and natural resource agencies prefer to hire people with GIS skills.
  10. You can create pretty maps that might even mean something.