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Foundations of Geographic Information Systems

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

This Foundation of GIS certificate program is designed to provide students with the necessary skills to effectively use GIS Software in their related field. Students will be introduced to geographic information systems and cartography. In our GIS courses, students will work with advanced analytical tools and develop skills in spatial problem-solving. Students will be prepared to take the GIS Fundamentals Foundation 2201 Technical Certificate from Esri.

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Introduction to GIS and Geospatial Data (96 hours)

This course is designed to provide students with knowledge of geographic information systems, mobile applications, mapping, cartography, various types of data and data models, assessment, queries, analysis, topology and field data. Upon completing this course, students will be knowledgeable in GIS and Geospatial Data. Students will be prepared to take the second course in the program, Intermediate GIS and Map Design. Registration Fee: $190


Intermediate GIS and Map Design (96 hours)

This course builds on the student’s basic understanding of the first course. Students will move on to creating and analyzing information. This will include the basics, creation, and analysis of vector, raster, and triangulated data. In addition, students will work on map design and evaluation. Upon completing this course, students will be knowledgeable of the intermediate skills of GIS and Map Design. Students will be prepared to take the third course in the program, GIS Data Acquisition and Analysis and Esri Exam Prep. Registration Fee: $190


GIS Data Acquisition and Analysis and Esri Exam Prep (96 hours)

This course is designed to further build on the GIS knowledge and skills of the students by examining different types of data. Some will include demographic, administrative, environmental, and infrastructure data. In addition, students will be prepped to take the GIS Fundamentals Foundation 2201 Technical Certificate Exam. Registration Fee: $190


Creating a GIS Portfolio: course work from Introduction to GIS and Geospatial Data and Intermediate GIS and Map Design will culminate in a portfolio.

JOB OUTLOOK

According to bls.gov, the overall employment of surveying and mapping technicians is projected to grow 4 percent from 2021 to 2031, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

About 7,800 openings for surveying and mapping technicians are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from replacing workers who transfer to different occupations or exiting the labor force, such as retiring.

The mean hourly wage of Surveying and Mapping Technicians, as of May 2021, is $21.86.

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