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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Quick Facts

  • Associate of Applied Science: 2-year program (60 semester credit hours)
  • Certificates:
    • Level 1 (20–39 semester credit hours)
    • Level 2 (41 semester credit hours)
  • Job opportunities: Careers
  • Full program is offered at: Trinity River Campus


What is GIS?

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are used worldwide to present data graphically through maps, charts and graphs. GIS are relevant technology in almost every industry and is central to the operations of many organizations.

GIS can be used to:

  • Do sales and marketing research
  • Track environmental problems
  • Follow disease outbreak
  • Develop maps of critical infrastructure

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From Esri, maker of GIS system software:

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Our Program

You will learn to use a computer system capable of assembling, storing, manipulating and visually displaying geographically referenced information.

After successfully completing this program, you will be able to:

  • Use the computer system to explore geographic relationships of various data sets
  • Draw conclusions from the data that may not have been seen in a spreadsheet and illustrate these in a visual presentation
  • Create maps and graphs using GIS software and related equipment

Program Options



Level 1

Level 2



Trinity River Campus

Taylor Hughlett, GIS Program Coordinator

Jennifer Holland, Faculty Advisor

Updated April 06, 2021