Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Quick Facts

GIS is a combination of cartography and data analysis that uses the latest in location technology to allow users to create data-driven graphics that can help make decisions in a variety of industries.

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Our Program

Why Choose GIS?

  • Be able to work in a variety of fields, including marketing, healthcare & environmental conservation
  • Work extensively with data, statistics & computing
  • Create useful graphics that can help in emergency situations, such as tornado or hurricane relief

Prepare for What You Will Do at Work

  • Use GIS software suites to produce graphical representations of data (maps), tables & reports
  • Update & modify existing GIS databases
  • Act as a GIS subject matter expert when consulting with users or clients
  • Perform data analysis, application development & programming development within GIS software

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From Esri, maker of GIS system software:

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Marketable Skills You Will Learn

  • Critical thinking
  • Reasoning
  • Communication
  • Personal & social responsibility
  • Teamwork
  • Computer literacy

Before You Enroll, Think About:

  • Be prepared for extensive work with data in both numerical & graphical formats
  • For the A.A.S. degree, you must be TSI college ready in order to take the required core curriculum courses in the first year
  • Each of the certifications will prepare you for basic use of GIS.
    • The AAS degree will give you a stronger GIS foundation for an entry-level position and will give you a better chance at getting one.
  • To become a GISP (Certified Geographic Information Systems Professional), you must be certified through the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI). The requirements are as follows:

Need a boost to get ready for college?

Talk to your advisor about Developmental Studies if your TSI scores say you need some help in math or reading and writing.

Degrees & Certificates



Level 1

Level 2

How Much Time & Money to Finish?

2023–2024 Academic Year

Degree or Certificate Program Title Semester Credit Hours Total Tuition & Fees
AAS Geographic Information Systems 60 $4,140
CRT1 Basic Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Skills 20 $1,380
CRT1 GIS Programmer 39 $2,691
CRT2 Geographic Information Systems 41 $2,829


  • Tuition is based on in-state, in-county rates.
  • Totals do not include textbooks and other materials.

Continuing Education Programs

Time commitments and fees vary depending on the course.

Earn More Choices & More Money

Transfer to a college or university to continue your studies. Earning a bachelor’s degree opens the door to promotion opportunities.

For example, you will be ready to work toward:

  • Bachelor of Science in GIS
  • Master of Science in GIS
  • Doctoral Degree in GIS

Next steps

Start on Your Pathway!


Trinity River Campus

Katsuhiko “Kirk” Oda, Ph.D., GISP
GIS Program Coordinator

Call 817-515-1936


Trinity River Campus

Jennifer Holland, GISP
Faculty Advisor

Call 817-515-1405


Trinity River Campus

Matt Spohn
Career Advisor

Call 817-515-1276


Updated October 30, 2023