Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option
Description: This course covers the origins and fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), an essential tool in government and business. GIS uses spatial information and software to map, analyze, and model real world problems, in many fields such as forestry, homeland security, economics, cartography, city planning, and health. Labs include hands-on experience with ArcGIS software. Subjects are map making, GIS data creation and management, and map projections and coordinate systems. GIS mapping is a skill needed by many who work in both the public and private sector. This course will provide the skills and knowledge to create basic spatial data and GIS maps. It also lays the foundation for students who want to be employed as a GIS Technician or who want to pursue a degree or certificate and it prepares students for entry-level careers. This course is required for the GIS certificate and the AS degree.