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Geographic Information Systems Occupational Skills AwardCertificate


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First Year

First Semester Courses 12 Credits
GISC 1411 Intro to Geographic Information Systems 4
GISC 1401 Cartography and Geography in GIS and GPS 4
GISC 1421 Introduction to Raster-Based GIS 4
Geographic Information Systems Occupational Skills Award Program Total 12 Credits

This certificate can be stacked and earned credits can be applied toward a Geographic Information Systems AAS DegreeGeographic Information Systems Analyst Certificate Level II, or Geographic Information Systems Technician Certificate Level I.


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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Please contact Kelly Gernhart at or call 281.290.5215 for more information.

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