Geographic Information Science (GIS)
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Geographic Information Science (GIS)

Geographic information science

GIS is an acronym for Geographic Information Science. The Geographic Information Science (GIS) Associate in Applied Science degree will prepare students for entry level positions in various industries that require geospatial skills and thinking or for transitioning to four-year baccalaureate programs. Students completing this degree will be able to create and import digital special data representing real-world features from the surface of the Earth with the goal of viewing, manipulating, and analyzing the data to be distributed and used in decision making.

What You'll Learn

In this program you will learn the work of GIS specialists including:

  • Collection of raw spatial data with GPS devices
  • Importing data into computer systems
  • Assessment of data for quality
  • Map making and map projections
  • Use of remote sensors to collect data
  • GIS specific software like ArcGIS
  • Coordinate with colleagues and clients about the scientific and managerial implications of solutions
Career Settings

There are abundant opportunities for GIS Analysts. You can find employment in many of the following areas:

  • Government Agencies
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Oil and Gas industry
  • Science research
  • Natural resource management
  • Precision farming
Additional Benefits
  • Students will have the opportunity to work on real GIS problems with an instructor who has many years of experience in the field.
  • Graduates of the program may choose to continue their education at a four-year institution. For more specific information go to
  • Jobs for GIS Specialists are found throughout the country with opportunities in almost every sector of work. These positions offer excellent earning potential.