2020-2021 Catalog 
  
    Nov 30, 2020  
2020-2021 Catalog

Geographic Information Systems (CSC)


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CIP 51.1599
Degree: Career Studies Certificate
Program Code: 221-719-71
Program Length: 1 year - 2 Semesters
Minimum Credits: 25
Distance Learning Option Available

Program Advisor
Crystal Dye
276.964.7250
Davis Hall Room 229

Purpose: The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Career Studies Certificate program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in technologies using Geographic Information Systems or to expand the knowledge and skills of individuals presently employed in a wide variety of careers in business, computer technologies, environmental, urban and regional planning, government, forestry, land management and many more. This program also provides an excellent foundation for continued study of GIS at the university and four year college level.

Occupational Objectives:
GIS technician/specialist

Admission Requirements: Admission to the program is governed by the established admission requirements to the College.

Program Requirements: GIS is a merging of technological fields and traditional disciplines. The demand for GIS trained employees continues to grow at an astounding rate. The demand for employees with GIS knowledge is increasing in every imaginable area such as commercial business and marketing, management, computer programming, systems/business analysis, urban and regional planning, governmental agencies, forestry, wildlife management, parks and recreation, land management.

To be successful in this program, students must possess basic computer literacy to include keyboard and mouse usage and file management. This advanced Career Studies Certificate program requires a strong background in microcomputer applications, including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, operating systems, Internet maneuverability, and e-mail. Students can obtain proficiency in these areas by completing ITE 115 .

Upon satisfactory completion of the program, the graduate will be awarded the Career Studies Certificate in Geographic Information Systems. This certificate will compliment degrees in just about any discipline.

Semester Total


  • Lecture Hours: 12
  • Lab Hours: 2
  • Course Credits: 13

Semester Total


  • Lecture Hours: 9
  • Lab Hours: 6
  • Course Credits: 12

Total Minimum Credits: 25


Pre-Requisites or Co-Requisites: Associate Applied Science - Information System Technology or ITE 115: Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts , or Division approval.

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