Program Description Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a powerful computer-based tool that makes use of spatial and statistical methods to analyze geographic information. GIS creates maps and graphs from informational databases linked to a location.
BSC is a leader in GIS education with three program options to give students the greatest flexibility for completion. Basic program objectives include knowledge and skill in computer operations and data models. Students learn about cartography, scale, metadata and database management, and take courses in statistics, global positioning systems, physical geography, visual basic programming language, remote sensing, project development and management, and other GIS applications.
Preparation Students should enjoy working with people. GIS workers typically work on teams and need good communication and interpersonal skills. Other considerations are creative thinking and problem-solving skills, curiosity, and aptitude for working with computers.
Program Requirements Students who complete the curriculum requirements earn an Associate in Applied Science degree, Program Certificate or Certificate of Completion.
The Associate in Applied Science provides a core set of skills and competencies and broad knowledge of the discipline. The Program Certificate and the Certificate of Completion emphasize GIS applications and computer technology. The two certificates indicate proficiency in GIS as a supplement to another course of study.
Career Opportunities GIS proficiency is one the Top 10 skills employers seek in job applicants today. Geospatial technology is among the three most important emerging career fields, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Employment opportunities abound.
Career possibilities include energy production and distribution, agriculture, science, transportation, engineering, wildlife and natural resources, law enforcement, emergency management, government, social services, archeology, environmental monitoring, city planning, marketing, telecommunications, repair service, retail business and more.