Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technology Programs

GIS Student with Instructor

GIS Programs

Associate of Applied Science Degree - The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Geographic Information Systems Technology is a 60 credit hour program that prepares students for employment in a variety of professions as GIS technicians. The AAS program includes 15 credit hours of general core requirements, including college composition, technical communications, psychology, college algebra and statistics.

Diploma - The Geographic Information Systems Technology Diploma is a 53 credit-hour program that includes the full range of occupational courses and 8 credit hours of general education core.

Technical Certificate of Credit - The Geographic Information Systems Technology Technical Certificate of Credit is a 16 credit-hour program.

Put Your Education to Work

GIS technicians learn to create, analyze, and maintain digital mapping layers that can allow organizations to make complex and informed decisions based on natural resource features, locations of man-made structures, population density, and other relevant geographic data. Training includes: mapping of natural resources, mapping and cartographic fundamentals, statistical analysis, global positioning systems, database design and management, spatial analysis and modeling, and internet mapping.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technologies are in high demand and are predicted to grow on local, statewide, and national levels.  The US Department of Labor identified geospatial technology as one of the three most important emerging and evolving fields, along with nanotechnology and biotechnology.  Employment opportunities are available in government, natural resources, and business and industry.

Admission Requirements

Submit application and non-refundable application fee. High school diploma/GED required for admission into this program. Entry placement tests required. Applicants must be 16 years of age or older.

Financial Assistance

Most Georgia citizens qualify for the HOPE grants. For more information contact the Financial Aid Office at 478-757-3422. Other financial assistance is available for those who qualify.

GIS Course DescriptionsGIS Students with Instructor Jeff Cope

GIFS 1101 Introduction To Geographic Information Systems
GIFS 1103 Intermediate GIS
GIFS 1109 Special Topics In GIS
GIFS 1114 Advanced GIS: Application Development
GIFS 1116 Spatial Analysis In GIS
GIFS 1122 GIS In Science, Business, And Government
GIFS 1124 Cartographic Design For GIS
GIFS 1126 Database Design And Management In GIS
GIFS 2000 Geographic Information Systems Practicum/Internship
GIFS 2010 Geographic Information Systems Internship/Practicum
GIFS 2020 Geographic Information Systems Practicum/Internship

Gainful Employment

GI12 Geographic Information Systems Diploma
GT41 GIS Technology Certificate

Staff Contact

Jeff Cope
Program Chair
(478) 757-3478

GIS Students