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Geographic Information Systems Technician Certificate

The Geographic Information Systems Technician Certificate (C1_GIT1) is offered at LSC-CyFair. For more information, please contact the Engineering Technology 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 technician certificate is awarded for completion of 23 credit hours of course work focusing on proficiency in GIS software applications and data management. 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
COSC 1301 Introduction to Computers OR 3
ITSC 1301 Introduction to Computers  
GISC 1411 Intro to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 4
MATH 1314 College Algebra 3

TOTAL First Semester Credits:


Second Semester Credits

Subject Number Title Credits
GISC1 1401 Cartography and Geography in GIS 4
GISC 1421 Intro to Raster-Based GIS 4
ITSW2 1307 Introduction to Databases 3

TOTAL Second Semester Credits:



Total Credits

TOTAL Credits for
Geographic Information System Technician Certificate:



  1. Capstone course
  2. ITSE 1302 or ITSE 1332 may substitute for ITSW 1307