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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) integrate hardware, software and data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information. GIS connects the world we live in by allowing us to view, understand, question, interpret, and visualize data in ways that reveal relationships, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports, and charts.

The GIS program is designed to prepare students with technological skills and knowledge to map information that provides insights into social, economic, business, and environmental issues. This growing field is finding a place in almost every industry and academic area. These include anthropology, archaeology, biology, fire fighting, police, business and finance, real estate, medicine and disease control.

Program Goals

To prepare students for entry into a range of jobs in GIS-related fields as well as for career advancement.

Program Emphasis

GIS technician training

Award Type Units

*plus credits to satisfy District requirements and elective credits, as needed, to meet the 60 unit minimum.

Transfer Information

Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should complete courses required for the university major and the general education pattern required by that transfer institution. See catalog TRANSFER INFORMATION section. Additional courses may be required to meet university lower-division requirements.

Course requirements at the transfer institution are subject to change and may be verified by a counselor or by consulting the current university catalog. Many Baccalaureate in Arts degrees require third semester competency in a foreign language. Consult the current catalog of the transfer institution and consult with a counselor.

Program Learning Outcomes