Geographic Information Systems (GIS) uses computers, associated hardware, people, and software to collect, manage, assess, and visualize spatial phenomenon- essentially helping us to better understand and interact with the world around us. It’s no wonder then that Money Magazine lists GIS Analyst among its Top 100 Jobs in the United States and the U.S. Department of Labor reports that employment numbers in GIS are growing and continued growth is anticipated. The types of analysis that can be conducted with GIS include: transportation routing, crime mapping, hazard mitigation, neighborhood planning, biological assessments, demographic trend analysis, environmental studies, historical mapping, groundwater modeling to name a few.

The GIS Center provides a multitude of services to its clients in the following areas:

GIS Instruction

  • Fundamentals of GIS
  • Transportation Analysis
  • Remote Sensing
  • Marketing Analysis
  • Web mapping
  • Urban Planning
  • Natural Resource Management


  • Spatial data conversion and migration
  • Customized spatial datasets
  • Cartographic map production
  • Spatial Analytics
  • Web mapping
  • Data Creation and Management
  • Geo-visualization

GIS Data

The GIS Center’s (GISC) mission is to leverage interdisciplinary collaborations in the use of geospatial technology (GIS, Remote Sensing, GPS) for research, education, and community service.

The University of Michigan-Flint GIS Center will:

  • Cultivate opportunities for students and researchers to complete innovative, high-level GIS analysis and research.
  • Create an avenue of geospatial education for K-12 students, college students, and other professionals.
  • Promote the use of GIS as a tool to help solve existing and future challenges in Flint and the surrounding regions.
  • The faculty, staff, and students associated with the GISC have a combined experience of 30 + years in GIS development and applications. All of us have a common interest and expertise in GIS, cartography, and spatial analysis.
  • The GISC conducts and disseminates GIS education and research to meet the needs of local businesses, non-profit organizations, and government offices that will increase your organization’s capacity to use GIS tools efficiently and effectively.
  • The center provides faculty and students with the resources and expertise needed to enhance their spatial education and facilitate the incorporation of GIS technology into their disciplines.
  • The center supports ESRI ArcGIS software for most GIS use, as well as related hardware (large-format printing and GPS) and associated remote sensing and cartographic software packages.