Geographic Information Systems AAS DegreeAssociate of Applied Science




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First Year

First Semester Courses 17 Credits
COSC 1301-or-ITSC 1301 Introduction to Computers-or-Introduction to Computers 3
GISC 1411 Intro to Geographic Information Systems 4
MATH 1314 College Algebra 3
GISC 2411 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Applications 4
EDUC 1300 Learning Framework: 1st Year Experience 3
Second Semester Courses 11 Credits
GISC 1401 Cartography & Geography in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) 4
GISC 1421 Introduction to Raster-Based GIS 4
ITSW 1307 Introduction to Databases1 3
Third Semester Courses 8 Credits
GISC 2401 Data Acquisition & Analysis GIS 4
GISC 1491 Special Topics in Cartography 4

Second Year

First Semester Courses 13 Credits
DFTG 1305 Technical Drafting 3
ENGL 1301 Composition & Rhetoric I 3
GEOG 1301 Physical Geography 3
GEOL 1403 Physical Geology2 4
Second Semester Courses 10 Credits
ENGL 2311 Technical Communications 3
DFTG 1309 Basic Computer-aided Drafting 3
Elective Humanities/Fine Arts3 3
PHED 1164 Introduction to Physical Fitness & Wellness-or-Any One Credit Hour Physical Activity Course 1
Third Semester Courses 1 Credit
GISC 2131 Advanced Problems in Geographic Information System4 1
Geographic Information Systems AAS Degree Program Total 60 Credits


  1. ITSE 1302 may substitute for ITSW 1307
  2. GEOL 1405 or ENVR 1401 may substitute for GEOL 1403
  3. Choose from the AAS Core
  4. Capstone course

Credits earned in the Geographic Information Systems Occupational Skills AwardGeographic Information Systems Technician Certificate Level I, and Geographic Information Systems Analyst Certificate Level II programs may be applied to this degree


Program Details

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.

  1. The GIS Occupational Skills Certificate focuses on basic concepts of GIS software and data.
  2. The GIS Technician certificate focuses on proficiency in GIS software applications and data management. 
  3. The GIS Analyst certificate is provides graduates additional skills to develop and analyze data and prepare projects for delivery to clients.
  4. The GIS Associate of Applied Science degree 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.

For careers and median salaries, visit Career Star for more information.

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