Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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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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:
From CareerOneStop, resource for career exploration:
Marketable skills you will learn
- Critical thinking
- Personal & social responsibility
- 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:
- 4 years of GIS professional experience
- GISCI exam & portfolio (see GISCI Application Information)
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
How Much Time & Money to Finish?
|Degree or Certificate||Program Title||Hours||Total Tuition & Fees|
|AAS||Geographic Information Systems||60||$3,840|
|CRT1||Basic Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Skills||20||$1,280|
|CRT2||Geographic Information Systems||41||$2,624|
- Tuition is based on in-state, in-county rates.
- Totals do not include textbooks and other materials.
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
Start on Your Pathway!
Trinity River Campus
Katsuhiko “Kirk” Oda, Ph.D., GISP
GIS Program Coordinator
Trinity River Campus
Jennifer Holland, GISP
Updated September 09, 2021