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Degrees and Certificates:

A.S. in Environmental Science

Certificate of Achievement in GIS

Exploration Pathway


SPRING 2024 GIS Classes:

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GEOG 120-79041 Intro to Geographic Information System (GIS)Wednesdays, 6:00-8:50pm1/17/2024-3/16/2024
Fundamental study of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and its applications to spatial data management. Introduces identification and acquisition of GIS data, assessment of vector and raster systems, scale, resolution, map projection, coordinate systems, georeferencing and Global Positioning Systems (GPS), spatial analysis and modeling with GIS project to apply skills and build a map portfolio.

GEOG 121-79042 Intermediate GIS
Wednesdays, 6:00-8:50pm3/18/2024-5/25/2024
Intermediate GIS builds upon the knowledge and skills learned in GEOG-120. Students develop more advanced analysis skills in GIS software. Reinforces practical applications and geographic concepts and techniques related to GIS, including geographic coordinate systems, raster data processing and management, spatial databases, geoprocessing, digitizing various types of spatial analysis. Students learn how to implement techniques through completion of practical exercises.

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New! 4 course Geographic Information System (GIS) certificate at Napa Valley College.

What is GIS? GIS is a powerful tool that allows you to analyze, visualize, and interpret complex environmental data spatially. 

In today's job market, GIS expertise is highly sought after in various industries, including environmental consulting, conservation organizations, urban planning, agriculture, government agencies, and research institutions. Adding GIS to your skillset opens doors to new career paths and can advance your career. 

Enroll in the first 9 week class, Introduction to Geographic Information System (GIS), which begins on January 17, 2024. The class will use ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online, and is being taught by highly-experienced GIS analyst, Matt Lamborn, GIS Department Coordinator of Napa County.  

Certificate Courses (12 units)
GEOG 120: Introduction to Geographic Information System (GIS)
GEOG 121: Intermediate Geographic Information System (GIS)
GEOG 130: Data Acquisition and Management
GEOG 131: Remote Sensing

Contact Cari Roughley with any questions regarding enrollment or new certificate:

Careers in Geology and Earth Science

Geologists and Earth Scientists work to understand the history of our planet. The better they can understand Earth’s history, the better they can foresee how events and processes of the past might influence the future.  Geologists and Earth Scientists work in a variety of settings. These include: natural resource companies, environmental consulting companies, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and universities. Many geologists do field work at least part of the time. Others spend their time in laboratories, classrooms or offices. All geologists prepare reports, do calculations and use computers. Most geoscience careers require more than two years of college study.

Careers in Environmental Science

Environmental Scientists assess pollution and other environmental problems in the water, air and soil. Environmental Scientists make sure that the environment is safe and offer advice to business establishments on cleaning and maintaining the planet and its atmosphere. Careers can include working in Environmental Policy, Planning, and Management, sustainability, renewable energy, conservation, agriculture, urban planning and development, natural resource management, and education. Job duties might be to propose a safer plan for a company to dispose of harmful substances by changing the way it recycles or processes plastics. Other duties might include fieldwork on ecological sites to collect samples and ensure company environmental laws and standards are being followed. Most Environmental Science careers require more than two years of college study.

Careers in Physical Geography

Geography is unique in bridging the social sciences and the natural sciences. There are two main branches of geography: human geography and physical geography. Physical geographers study patterns of climates, landforms, vegetation, soils, and water. Geographers use many tools and techniques in their work, and geographic technologies are increasingly important for understanding our complex world. Most Physical Geography careers require more than two years of college study.