Program Purpose: Students who complete Geographic Information Systems courses will be able to utilize GIS mapping and data management software to store, retrieve, manipulate, analyze and display spatial data.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) record, store, analyze and display information about the features that makeup the earth’s surface using computer-based software applications. This technology has applications in many career fields including law enforcement, land management, business, and the social and natural sciences. To explore specific career options, check the software and online resources available in the Career Transfer Center located in Fountain Hall, (805) 378-1536.
Students planning to transfer need to consult with a counselor, prepare a Student Education Plan, and take advantage of support services available in the Career Transfer Center located in Fountain Hall, (805) 378-1536. Transfer students interested in specializing in Geographic Information Systems who wish to qualify for an Associate in Arts Degree could explore Geography as a possible major.
Introduces basic cartographic principles including map types, scales, projections, coordinate systems, as well as an introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology and software. Provides hands-on experience through the application of GIS technology to solve spatial problems and display geographic data.
Introduces the use of a hand-held Global Positioning System (GPS) unit in the field, the terminology, hardware, and technology. Integrates the use of the hand-held GPS unit to determine location and collect and analyze data. Includes such topics as map interpretation, spatial statistics, and cartography.
Uses the ArcGIS software along with the Spatial Analyst and 3D extensions to explore the use of raster GIS data in analysis and visualization. Includes terrain analysis, hydrologic analysis, suitability analysis, and 3D modeling.
Uses ArcGIS software to analyze data collected by remote means such as satellite imagery, aerial photography and drone-acquired data. Introduces the basic concepts of remote sensing, characteristics of remote sensors, and remote sensing applications in academic disciplines and professional industries.
Uses the ArcGIS ArcView software to explore intermediate topics in GIS applications. Includes geodatabase creation and editing, geoprocessing models, geocoding, and working with annotation.