Purpose: The Geographic Information Systems Technology program will give students practical experience in addressing real-world problems and questions. Such skills and experience are in demand in economics, education, geoscience, government, planning, landscape architecture, public health, public safety, recreation, humanities, graphic design, and marine, earth and life sciences.
Career Opportunities: Graduates of Geographic Information Systems Technology may find employment in town governments, public health programs, natural resource management programs, and economic development.
Program Educational Outcomes: Upon completion of the Associate in Science degree in Geographic Information Systems Technology program, the graduate is prepared to:
- Design a cartographic model, use vector-based and raster-based spatial analysis to execute that model, as required, and use both spatial and non-spatial media to communicate methods and results
- Have a practical and applied understanding of geodesy, projections, coordinate systems and georeferencing
- Have a practical and applied understanding of the basic principles of geographic inquiry
- Have a practical and applied understanding of databases and database management as they are used in GIS
- Understand common workflows and documentation procedures for geospatial information
- Have experience in several real-world GIS projects
- Be generally familiar with the breadth and depth of applications of geospatial technologies and thoroughly knowledgeable about applications in one or more specific fields
- Use heuristic problem-solving to address novel problems in GIS applications
- Have an advanced ability to read maps, constructively critique their cartographic design, and evaluate how they communicate information
- Make maps that effectively communicate information
- Be proficient in use of industry standard GIS software for making maps, analyzing spatial information, and communicating spatial ideas
- Recognize relevant elements of spatial problems or questions, translate them into GIS data models and analytical processes, and use GIS software and methods to produce maps and/or information to address them and communicate outcomes