Geographic Information Systems

The Geographic Information Systems Program integrates computerized geographic information, satellite images, digital maps, and global positioning systems (GPS) in decision support systems. Spatial issues are analyzed to make decisions such as risk assessment for homeland security, and planning for emergency evacuation, health and human services, population growth, political civic engagement campaigns, endangered species, nature hazards and cultural preservation.

GIS also prepares students to research changing wildlife habitat, model hurricane evacuation scenarios, and view global vegetation coverage from satellite, plan school bus routes, study water consumption patterns, design noise abatement buffer zones around airports, and identify phone marketing territories.

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Gainful Employment Information

 

2016-2017 Program Dates

Full-Time (M–Th, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

  • 8/22/2016 – 3/7/2017 (plus internship)
  • 9/20/2016 – 4/11/2017 (plus internship)
  • 10/4/2016 – 4/26/2017 (plus internship)

Part-Time (M–Th, either 7:30–11:30 a.m. or 12–4p.m. or 5-9 p.m.)

  • 8/22/2016 – Fall 2017
  • 10/18/2016 – Fall 2017
  • 12/12/2016 – Spring 2017

 

Program Cost

  • Qualified Financial Aid Program
  • Total Contact Hours: 832.50
  • Total Credit Hours: 38
  • Cost per Credit: $84
  • Additional Fees: $965
  • Estimated Program Cost: $4,157 (books may add to your final cost)

 

Courses

Code Course Credits
GIS 110 Intro to Cartography for GIS 3.00
GIS 101 Introduction To Geographic Information Systems 3.00
CIS 240 Database Design & Development 3.00
CSC 119 Intro to Programing: Python 3.00
GIS 210 Intermediate GIS 3.00
MAT 135 Intro to Statistics 3.00
GIS 205 Geo Applications 3.00
GIS 212 Remote Sensing 4.00
GIS 211 Spatial Modeling & Analysis 4.00
COM 101 Employment Strategies 1.00
GIS 220 GIS for Business 3.00
GIS 289 Capstone 3.00
BUS 287 Cooperative Education 2.00

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Earning Potential

Experience: 1-5 years

  • Hourly Pay = $15-$22
  • Annual Salary = $31,000-$46,000

Experience: 5-10 years

  • Hourly Pay = $22-$26
  • Annual Salary = $44,000-$52,000

Experienced: 10-15 years

  • Hourly Pay = $26-$32
  • Annual Salary = $54,000-$64,000

To what types of jobs do these skills apply?

  • Analyst/Engineer
  • Applications developer
  • Business/real estate
  • CAD analyst
  • Cartographer
  • Educator
  • Forester
  • Geographer
  • Geologist
  • GIS Analyst
  • GIS Specialist
  • Hydrologist
  • Information services administrator
  • Photogrammetry
  • Programmer/analyst
  • Remote sensing
  • Researcher
  • Resource management
  • Sales and marketing
  • Software developer
  • Systems administrator
  • Technical support/technician
  • Technical writer
  • Transportation planner
  • Urban planner

What types of companies might hire me?

  • Civil Engineering
  • Federal government agencies
  • Homeland security
  • Large & small corporations
  • Natural Resources Industries
  • Small private businesses
  • State/local government agencies
  • Utility companies