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The Geographic Information Systems associate degree program provides the community with skilled professionals who use, edit, and make decisions using GIS systems. Graduates can work in diverse industries that use geographic information systems, including government agencies, health care, construction, banking, land-use planning, transportation mapping and analysis, and emergency response.

With the growth of decision-making using spatial data and geographic locations, many businesses are looking for individuals who have skills and knowledge in GIS. Such professionals can 1) Analyze and match spatial data with geographic location and create maps using GIS software and 2) Make decisions relevant to their industries thanks to their facility with GIS technology. GIS is expected to be a growth occupation in Ohio and the nation in the years to come.

The GIS Certificate program is designed for professionals seeking to enhance their knowledge and skills in Geographic Information Systems. It is most beneficial to entry and intermediate level GIS users who lack formal training and education in this field. There are no prerequisites, and no previous work experience in geographic information technologies is required. The program is an evening and/or weekend program. Courses are taught as instructor-led or as web-based instruction. Projects and assignments can be submitted using your own computer or the lab facilities on campus.

The GIS program provides students with a solid educational background in communication skills, math, computer literacy and operations, and the humanities and behavioral sciences.

Upon completion of the Associate Degree in GIS, the graduate will be able to:

  • Identify and define the components of a GIS
  • Evaluate quality and integrity of data and be able to determine that the data meets both professional and industry standards
  • Recognize and describe the components of project coordination, project development and professional practice
  • Distinguish how GIS is being implemented in different industries
  • Analyze spatial data using techniques from a variety of applications
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of current GIS technologies
  • Create, organize, edit, georeference, and effectively use spatial data
  • Create effective visual, tabular and analytical products such as maps, graphs, charts, statistics, databases, models and programs

GIS Associate Degree

COURSE . CR
Semester 1 . .
ENGL 1100 Composition I  3
COLS 1100 First Year Experience Seminar  1
ITST 1101 Computer Applications in CSET I  2
ITST 1102 Computer Applications in CSET II  2
GIS 1100 Introduction to GIS  3
GIS 1101 Acquiring GIS Data  2
GIS 1102 GIS in Industry  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 15
Semester 2 . .
XXXX XXXX Natural Science-Refer to approved list  3
STAT 1350 Elementary Statics 4
. or .
MATH 1148 College Algebra  4
GEOG 2280 Elements of Cartography  3
ARCH 1112 Basic CAD Drafting  1
GIS 1200 GIS Software I  2
GIS 1201 GIS Software II  2
GIS 1202 Planning and Implementing GIS  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 17
Summer Semester . .
GIS 2850 GIS Seminar  1
. and .
GIS 2900 GIS Practicum  3
GIS XXXX Technical Elective  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 6
Semester 3 . .
HUM XXXX Refer to approved list  3
XXXX XXXX Basic Elective - Refer to approved list  2
GIS 2100 Introduction to GIS Databases  3
GIS 2110 Introduction to Spatial Analysis  3
GIS 2120 Introduction to GID Programming  3
GIS 2130 Georeferencing and Editing  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 16
Semester 4 . .
SBS XXXX Refer to approved list  3
COMM 2200 Business Communication  3
GIS 2200 Image Management & Analysis  3
GIS 2299 Advanced GIS Applications  4
GIS XXXX Technical Elective  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 15
TOTAL DEGREE CREDIT HOURS  . 69

Basic Electives
The following courses are approved for basic elective requirements:

ARCH 1114 AutoCAD 2D  4
ARCH 1274 Revit Architecture I  2
BMGT 2250 Project Mgmt Principles  3
CMGT 1105 Construction Documents  3
CMGT 2215 Introduction to Building Information Modeling (BIM)  3
ITST 2252 Computer Programming for Technicians  2
SURV 1410 Introduction to Surveying  3
SURV 1460 Computer Applications Construction Science  2

Technical Electives
The following courses are approved for technical elective requirements:

GIS 2510 Advanced Spatial Analysis  2
GIS 2520 Advanced GIS Programming  2
GIS 2530 Introduction to ArcGIS Server  2
GIS 2540 GIS in Business  2
GIS 2550 GIS in 3D  2
GIS 2594 Current Topics: GIS  1-4

GE-SOCIAL BEHAVORIAL SCIENCE REQUIREMENT[
(SELECT ONE)        GEOG 2240 PREFERRED

ANTH 2202 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology  3
Econ 2200 Principles of Microeconomics 3
GEOG 2240 Economic and Social Geography  3
POLS 1100 American Government  3
SOC 1101 Introduction to Sociology  3
PSY 1100 Introduction to Psychology  3

GE-ART/HUMANITIES REQUIREMENT[
(SELECT ONE)        PHIL 1130- PREFERRED

HART 1201 History of Art I  3
HART 1202 History of Art II  3
HIST 1111 European History to 1648  3
HIST 1112 European History since 1648  3
HIST 1151 American History to 1877  3
HIST 1152 American History since 1877  3
HIST 1181 World Civ I: Non-Western/Non-Amer/1500  3
HIST 1182 World Civ II: Non-Western/Non-Amer/Since 1500  3
HIST 2223 African American History I:  1451-1876  3
HIST 2224 African American History II:  1877-Present  3
HUM 1100 Introduction to Humanities  3
HUM 1270 Comparative Religions  3
MUS 1251 Survey of Music History  3
PHIL 1101 Introduction to Philosophy  3
PHIL 1130 Ethics  3

GE-NATURAL/PHYSICAL SCIENCES REQUIREMENT[
(SELECT ONE)

ASTR 1141 Life in the Universe  3
ASTR 1161 The Solar System  3
ASTR 1162 Stars and Galaxies  3
ASTR 1400 Astronomy Laboratory  1
BIO 1111 Introduction to Biology I  4
BIO 1112 Human Biology   4
BIO 1113 Biological Sciences I  4
BIO 1114 Biological Sciences II  4
BIO 1125 Plant Biology  4
BIO 1127 Environmental Science I  4
BIO 2215 Introduction to Microbiology  4
BIO 2232 Human Physiology  4
CHEM 1110 Chemistry and Society  5
CHEM 1111 Elementary Chemistry I  4
CHEM 1112 Elementary Chemistry II  4
CHEM 1171 General Chemistry I  5
CHEM 1172 General Chemistry II  5
GEOL 1101 Introduction to Earth Science  4
GEOL 1105 Geology and the National Parks  3
GEOL 1121 Physical Geology  4
GEOL1122 Historical Geology  4
GEOL 1151 Natural Disasters  3
PHYS 1103 World of Energy  3
PHYS 1106 Physics by Inquiry: Properties & Motion  5
PHYS 1200 Introductory Algebra-Based Physics I  5
PHYS 1201 Algebra-Based Physics II  5
PHYS 1250 Calculus-Based Physics I  5
PHYS 1251 Calculus-Based Phys II  5

GIS Certificate

COURSE . CR
Semester 1 . .
GIS 1100 Introduction to GIS  3
GIS 1101 Acquiring GIS Data  2
GIS 1102 GIS in Industry  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 7
Semester 2 . .
GIS 1200 GIS Software I  2
GIS 1201 GIS Software II  2
GIS XXXX Technical Elective  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 6
Semester 3 . .
GIS XXXX Technical Elective  2
GIS 2299 Advanced GIS Applications 4
. or .
GIS 2850 GIS Seminar 1
. and .
GIS 2900 GIS Practicum  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 6
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS  . 19

Technical Electives
The following courses are approved for technical elective requirements:

GIS 1202 Planning and Implementing GIS  2
GIS 2100 Introduction to GIS Databases  3
GIS 2110 Introduction to Spatial Analysis  3
GIS 2120 Introduction to GIS Programming  3
GIS 2130 Georeferencing and Editing  2
GIS 2200 Image Management & Analysis  3
GIS 2510 Advanced Spatial Analysis  2
GIS 2520 Advanced GIS Programming  2
GIS 2530 Introduction to ArcGIS Server  2
GIS 2540 GIS in Business  2
GIS 2550 GIS in 3D  2
GIS 2594 Current Topics: GIS  1-4