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 Bachelor's 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

Please see a counselor for major preparation and general education that will best meet your specific goals.

AA-T/AS-T = Associate of Arts/Science Degree for Transfer Earned by completing requirements in the academic major, a transfer general education pattern, and a total of 60 transferable units that would be the typical first two years of a 4-year degree; provides a clear transfer pathway to CSU.
AA/AS = Associate of Arts/Science Degree Earned by completing requirements in the academic major, a general education pattern, and a total of 60 degree-applicable units.
COA = Certificate of Achievement Formally recognizes a student’s competence in a program of study and prepares students for employment in a career/technical field. Also available for completion of a General Education Pattern for transfer. Will appear on the student’s academic transcript.
SAC = Skills Attainment Certificate Prepares students for employment with experience in specific career/technical fields. Do not appear on official transcripts.
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