Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Geographic Information Systems and geospatial technology has gained worldwide notoriety due to its multi-faceted and versatile applications. Trained GIS technicians and analysts produce intelligent maps to help solve complex resource planning and management problems. We train our students in the practical application of Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) software, importation of geospatial data, and the display, visualization, exploration, query, analysis, and production of maps and reports. With this training, careers in forestry, natural resources,watershed, wildland fire, earth science, business, archaeology, cartography, city planning, photogrammetry, conservation, mapping and surveying, transportation,sociology, political science and much more await you.

Core GIS classes include:

  • Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • Forest Surveying
  • Introduction to Maps
  • Web Mapping
  • GIS Incident Mapping
  • UAV/Drone Mapping
  • Natural Resource Conservation

Related Electives include:

  • Physical Geology
  • Physical Geography
  • Environmental Geology
  • Natural Hazards
  • Computer Programming


GIS Majors go into a variety of careers. Some examples are:

At the Certificate Level: At the Associate's Level: At the Bachelors Level or Beyond:
GIS, Mapping, Surveying Intern GIS, Mapping or Surveying Technician GIS Analyst or Management
Search and Rescue Team Imagery interpreter Cartographer
Mobile Mapping Technician   Land Surveyor
Metadata Entry   Photogrammetrists


Students successfully completing the Associate Degree have a solid foundation for pursuing further education in FNR or a related field. To transfer to CSU UC or other university to pursue a Bachelor's Degree, please see a   counselor   for your best major preparation and general education pattern for your specific goals.

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