Geographic Information Systems

A geographic information system (GIS) lets us visualize, question, analyze, and interpret data to understand relationships, patterns, and trends. This program prepares students to work in high-tech fields, including photogrammetry, cartography, geographical information systems, global positioning systems, and satellite remote sensing. Students learn how to acquire geospatial information from a variety of sources; interpret, use and manage geospatial data for a given purpose; and use geographic information system software for storage, manipulation, and analysis of geospatial data.

Students will receive work based experience and acquire geospatial technical competencies in vector, raster and light detection and ranging technologies. Completion of the GIS certificate will lead to a fulfilling career in GIS!

This program includes a full course in PYTHON! – THE #1 programming language for GIS!

You will learn how to:

  • Create web maps
  • Create GIS online applications
  • Gather data
  • Design maps
  • Write scripts
  • Apply GIS for business

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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

Part-Time (M–Th, 12–4p.m.)

  • 1/18/2017 - ​Approximately Fall 2017
  • 2/15/2017 - Approximately Fall 2017
  • 3/16/2017 - Approximately Fall 2017

Part-Time/Online Hybrid (M,W 5–9 p.m.)​

  • 1/9/2017 - Approximately Fall 2017
  • 2/13/2017 - Approximately Fall 2017
  • 3/20/2017 - Approximately Fall 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?

  • GIS Analyst/Engineer
  • GIS Specialist
  • GIS Field Collector GIS Mapping Supervisor
  • GeoDatabase Administrator GIS Technician I
  • Assistant GIS Specialist
  • GIS Technician II GeoSpatial Office Technician
  • GIS Trainer
  • GIS Programmer Python Developer I
  • GIS Software Tester
  • GIS Cloud Engineer GIS Project Manager
  • GeoSpatial Services Supervisor

 

What types of companies might hire me?

  • Government: Federal, State and Local, Defense, Department of the Interior, Land Administration
  • Business: Retail, Banking, Real Estate, Manufacturing
  • Natural Resources: Conservation, Environmental Management, Water Resources, Forestry
  • Public Safety: Law Enforcement, Surveying, Public Works, Utilities, Fire and Emergency Services

 

Upcoming Related Events

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Fall Graduation Reception
Time: 11:30am to 1:00pm
Friday, December 9, 2016
Free information session on Dec. 9
Time: 5:00pm
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Bringing History to Life
Time: 11:00am

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