Do you find yourself exploring maps to discover new places? Do you see objects three-dimensionally in your mind? If so, you'll love learning about Geographic Information Systems!


In very basic terms, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is gathering and analyzing layers of physical geographical data in a computerized format to use to solve real-world problems. For example, it can be used to discover the most suitable location to build a house within a plot of land.


This is a quickly-emerging industry businesses and government departments are using to assess the cost-effectiveness of where to build, adjusting zoning requirements, planning urban development, solving questions on land usage, and so much more. From homeland security to forest management, with a career in GIS you'll be indispensable in a cutting-edge career that is rapidly evolving and continually expanding.


Corporate, government, and non-profit businesses all need those proficient in GIS technologies. Some career pathways include Geographic Information Systems Technician, Remote Sensing Technician, Mapping Technician, and Geographer.


104 Geographic Information Science and Spatial Reasoning - 2.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite: Mathematics 96 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Level M50. 
Advisory: English 101 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Level R6 and W6. 
This course is an introductory survey of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), including cartography, remote sensing, spatial analysis, and global positioning systems (GPS). Emphasis is placed on the ways in which these technologies are applied to human and environmental problems. Students use spatial data to visualize information and identify spatial patterns and are introduced to map interpretation, georeferencing, and spatial data management. This course is designed for students and professionals who use GIS to better understand and analyze geographic data in their field. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

110 Introduction to Mapping and Geographic Information Systems - 2.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours lab, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory : English 101 or English 105, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R6 and W6. Computer Business Technology 101, 114 and 161, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent. 
This course is a practical study of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Emphasis is placed on the use of ArcGIS software to map, analyze, and model geographic information relevant to fields such as forestry, economics, cartography, city planning, and health. Topics include map making, GIS data creation and management, and map projections and coordinate systems. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.