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2020-2021 College Catalog 
2020-2021 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Technician (221-719-71) Career Studies Certificate

Purpose: Geographic Information Systems uses computer technology for collecting, analyzing and displaying geographic data. It includes the fields of spatial analysis, remote sensing, global positioning systems, and cartography (map-making). This technology can enable a company to evaluate and locate the best place to build a cellular telephone tower; a medical company to track colorectal cancer screening rates to determine how best to construct an intervention plan to increase screenings; a city to determine the best location for a hospital in accordance with population.

Educational or Occupational Objectives: This program will prepare the individual for employment as Geographic Information Systems Technician, which according to O*Net Online is a green occupation with a bright outlook. Incoming freshmen in the Information Technology (AS) or the Information Systems Technology (AAS) degree programs can use the courses in this career studies certificate as their elective courses, graduating with both the AS or AAS and the career studies certificate. Students who already hold a degree can use this certificate program to upgrade their skills or gain new skills to seek employment in this or a related field.

Program Recommendation: The program requires a strong background in microcomputer applications, including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and internet and World Wide Web literacy.

Part-Time Plan Sequence   


This program is fully accessible and can be completed through eCampus (web-based learning) or students can learn in a traditional classroom environment.

Total Minimum Credits 18

*IT courses must be taken within the last five years to apply to graduation. 


Program Information (STEM)

For additional information about this program visit the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics webpage, stop by room 321 Hastings Hall, phone 757-825-2898, or email