Geographic Information Science works in partnership with industry to provide quality workforce education in the new, rapidly expanding fields of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS).

Degrees and Certificates

Geographic Information Science - Analyst - Certificate Level II

Geographic Information Science Technician - Certificate Level I

Program Information

General Requirements

 

Geographic Information Science works in partnership with industry to provide quality workforce education in the new, rapidly expanding fields of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS). The programs use up-to-date technology and afford students a wide variety of employment opportunities in the corporate world and government agencies. GIS specialists work with GIS computer programs that enable the user to create maps and other graphics that can be “layered” with other data.

In addition, please note that a student may only earn one Occupational Skills Award (OSA) per academic year.

TSI testing required prior to first enrollment for all AAS degrees and Level II certificates.

Program Outcomes

 

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the global natural and cultural environments and the geographic methods by which they are studied.
  • Recognize, evaluate, and analyze critical issues that deal with diversity of people, places, and events globally as well as within specific geographic regions.
  • Interpret maps and mapped data utilizing basic map elements, including scales, common coordinate systems, and map symbols.
  • Use a computer effectively to research, map and analyze geographic information and communicate geographic information.
  • Compare and contrast common geographic technologies such as geographic information systems (GIS) and the global positioning system (GPS).

Employment

 

There are 2,806 Mapping Technicians employed in the Greater Houston Area. This number is expected to increase by 10.7% over the next four years.

  • The estimated annual job openings is 141 jobs a year.
  • Median Wages - $18.47 hourly, $38,000 annually