2018-2019 Catalog

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Certificate

The Geographic Information Systems Certificate is designed to meet the educational requirements of a prospective GIS technician. Technicians in this field generate, analyze, interpret, and communicate data derived by using GIS GPS hardware and software applications. They may also set up and maintain GIS databases and websites, create maps and models for application of data, and provide technical support to users or clients. GIS is applicable to many industries and occupations, including, but not limited to, agriculture, public safety (fire, rescue and police), public health, transportation, facilities, land and utilities planning, and management. GIS technicians possess outstanding decision-making, attention to detail, and problem-solving skills.

The Geographic Information Systems Technician certificate will provide technical training to students who intend to enter gainful employment at the associate degree level or less, and training or retraining for those already employed as may be necessary to meet increasing technological developments or as may be desired for personal advancement.

Expected Student learning outcomes from completion of the program. Students will be able to:

  1. Design or prepare graphic representations of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data, using GIS hardware or software applications.
  2. Analyze Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data to identify spatial relationships or display results of analyses, using maps, graphs, or tabular data. See more occupations related to this task. 
  3. Maintain or modify existing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) databases.
  4. Enter data into Geographic Information Systems (GIS) databases, using techniques such as coordinate geometry, keyboard entry of tabular data, manual digitizing of maps, scanning or automatic conversion to vectors, or conversion of other sources of digital data.
  5. Review existing or incoming data for currency, accuracy, usefulness, quality, or completeness of documentation.
  6. Perform geospatial data building, modeling, or analysis, using advanced spatial analysis, data manipulation, or cartography software.    
  7. Design or coordinate the development of integrated Geographic Information Systems (GIS) spatial or non-spatial databases.
  8. Select cartographic elements needed for effective presentation of information.
  9. Provide technical support to users or clients regarding the maintenance, development, or operation of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) databases, equipment, or applications.
  10. Interpret aerial or ortho photographs. 
  11. Degree Requirements

    Freshman Year - Fall Semester

    GEOG 1080INTRODUCTION TO GPS AND MAPS

    4

    GEOG 1100INTRODUCTION TO GIS

    4

    Total Credit Hours:8

    Freshman Year - Spring Semester

    GEOG 2130SPATIAL ANALYSIS

    4

    COSC 2360WEB PAGE DYNAMICS & SCRIPTING

    3

    Total Credit Hours:7

    Sophomore Year - Fall Semester

    GEOG 2180GEOSPATIAL WEB APPLICATIONS

    4

    GEOG 2170GIS CAPSTONE

    4

    Total Credit Hours:8

    Total Credit Hours: 23