Geographic Information Systems Marketable Skills Award

The Geographic Information Systems Marketable Skills Award (MSC_GINS) is offered at LSC-CyFair. For more information, please contact the Geography Department.

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Program Description

The geographic information systems (GIS) certificates and degree program prepare graduates for wide ranging career possibilities as entry-level technicians to data analysts and project managers in diverse fields of GIS application. From data collection and input, to management and analysis, to project completion and information delivery, individuals will develop the skills to work at many levels of business, industry, government agencies and research and development.

The GIS Marketable Skills Award is awarded for completion of 12 credit hours of course work focusing on basic concepts of GIS software and data. Graduates will have the essential skills to manage the initiation, development and completion of GIS projects requiring data collection, data management, analysis, map product development and final report writing for presentation.

Employment opportunities are far reaching at the present time. The increasing use of GIS in nearly every field of education, business and government is creating a strong need for skilled personnel.

The general education core will transfer to a variety of colleges and universities. Contact counselors or GIS, geography or geology faculty for specific information or to obtain the recommended sequencing of courses.

First Year Credits

First Semester Credits

Subject Number Title Credits
GISC 1411 Intro to Geographic Info Systems 4
GISC 1401 Cartography and Geography in GIS and GPS 4
GISC 1421 Introduction to Raster-Based GIS 4

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Total Credits

TOTAL Credits for
Geographic Information Systems Marketable Skills Award: