Geographic Information Systems AAS

The Geographic Information Systems AAS degree (AAS_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 associate of applied science degree for GIS is awarded for the completion of 66-68 credit hours of course work and cooperative work experience. 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

Course 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 Credits for First Semester :

10

Second Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
GISC 1401 Cartography & Geography in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) 4
GISC 1421 Introduction to Raster-Based GIS 4
ITSW1 1307 Introduction to Databases 3

TOTAL Credits for Second Semester :

11

Third Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
GISC 2380 Cooperative Education - Cartography OR 3-4
GISC 1491 Special Topics in Cartography  
GISC 2401 Data Acquisition & Analysis GIS 4
GISC 2411 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Applications 4

TOTAL Credits for Third Semester :

11-12

Second Year Credits

First Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
DFTG 1305 Technical Drafting 3
ENGL 1301 Composition & Rhetoric I 3
GEOG 1301 Physical Geography 3
GEOL 1403 Physical Geology 4

TOTAL Credits for First Semester :

13

Second Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking 3
ENGL 2311 Technical Communications 3
DFTG 1309 Basic Computer-aided Drafting 3
Elective2   Humanities/Fine Arts 3
PHED 1164 Introduction to Physical Fitness & Sport OR 1
    Any One Credit Hour Physical Activity Course  

TOTAL Credits for Second Semester :

13

Third Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
GISC3 2381 Cooperative Education - GISC OR 3-4
GISC3 1491 Special Topics in Cartography  
MATH 1316 Trigonometry 3

TOTAL Credits for Third Semester :

6-7

 

Total Credits

TOTAL Credits for
Geographic Information Systems AAS Degree:

64-66

  1. ITSE 1302 or ITSE 1332 may substitute for ITSW 1307
  2. Choose from the AAS Core
  3. Capstone course
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