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Career Studies Certificate

Geographic Information Systems


Program code: 221-719-71

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Length: One year program – Two semesters

Purpose: The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Career Studies Certificate program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in technologies using Geographic Information Systems or to expand the knowledge and skills of individuals presently employed in a wide variety of careers in business, computer technologies, environmental, urban and regional planning, government, forestry, land management and many more. This program also provides an excellent foundation for continued study of GIS at the university and four year college level.

Occupational Objectives:
GIS technician/specialist

Admission Requirements: Admission to the program is governed by the established admission requirements to the College.

Program Requirements: GIS is a merging of technological fields and traditional disciplines. The demand for GIS trained employees continues to grow at an astounding rate. The demand for employees with GIS knowledge is increasing in every imaginable area such as commercial business and marketing, management, computer programming, systems/business analysis, urban and regional planning, governmental agencies, forestry, wildlife management, parks and recreation, land management.

To be successful in this program, students must possess basic computer literacy to include keyboard and mouse usage and file management. This advanced Career Studies Certificate program requires a strong background in microcomputer applications, including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, operating systems, Internet maneuverability, and e-mail. Students can obtain proficiency in these areas by completing ITE115.

Upon satisfactory completion of the program, the graduate will be awarded the Career Studies Certificate in Geographic Information Systems. This certificate will compliment degrees in just about any discipline.

Course Number
Course Title
Lecture Hours
Lab Hours
Course Credits
First Semester
GEO 200Introduction to Physical Geography303
ITE 150Desktop Database Software303
ITD 132Structured Query Language303
GIS 200Geographical Systems I324
TOTAL12213
Second Semester
GIS 201Geographical Systems II324
GIS 205GIS 3-D Analysis324
GIS 210Understanding Geographic Data324
TOTAL9612

Total Minimum Credits for the Career Studies Certificate in Geographic Information Systems  25

Pre-Requisites or Co-Requisites: Associate Applied Science – Information System Technology or ITE 115 – Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts, or Division approval.

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