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Geographic Information Systems

Geographic Information Systems

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Geographic Information Systems Technology

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This program prepares a person for entry-level positions in the geographical information systems field. A geographical information system (GIS) is an integrated database management system used to store, organize, retrieve, and analyze geographical and resource data for decision-making. The curriculum includes computer- assisted drafting, map making, database management, surveying, and applications of geographical information systems.

GIS technicians work under the supervision of GIS engineers, managers, cartographers, surveyors, and other professionals to store, organize, retrieve, and analyze resource data for planning and decision-making. The need for technicians in this area continues to grow with the rapid development and implementation of GIS technology.

A minimum of 60-61 semester credit hours is required to receive the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Geographical Information Systems Technology. Students who complete a minimum of 30 semester hours in the program may be eligible to receive a certificate in Geographical Information Systems.

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