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Geographic Information Systems Technology (2015-2016)
Geospatial technology is the unifying tool with which spatial phenomena is explored. Geospatial technology consists of Geographic Information Systems, Global Positioning Systems and Remote Sensing. The Geographic Information Systems Technology program at Foothill College provides opportunities for career preparation and lifelong learning by providing courses that meet workforce needs. Geographic information systems are collections of computers, software applications and personnel used to capture, store, transform, manage, analyze and display spatial information. The associate degree provides a solid technical background in geographic information systems concepts and applications including cartographic concepts, database design, programming and interdisciplinary applications of the technology. The outcomes of the associate degree align with the U.S. Department of Labor geospatial competency model for geospatial careers. The degree also includes general education and elective courses required for graduation. Completion of the degree requires practical work experience in geographic information systems. The Geographic Information Systems Technology degree prepares students for entry-level technician jobs
 
Program Learning Outcomes
Apply cartographic principles of scale, resolution, projection, data management and spatial analysis to a geographic nature using a geographic information system.
Plan, evaluate and execute an original geographic information systems project.
Demonstrate the ability to communicate orally, in writing and graphically, the outcome of geographic information systems analysis.
Demonstrate an awareness of professional obligations to society, employers and funders and individuals as outlined in the Geographic Information Systems Professional Certification Institute Code of Ethics.
 
Career Opportunities
Geographic information systems skills are highly desirable in agriculture, archaeology, business, cartography, government, law enforcement, marketing, oil and gas, real estate and urban planning.
 
Units required for Major: 43
Units required for Certificate: 22-43
 
Associate Degree Requirements:
English proficiency: ENGL 1A, 1AH, 1S & 1T, ESLL 26 or equivalent.
Mathematics proficiency: MATH 57, 105, 108 or equivalent.
A minimum of 90 units is required* to include:
Completion of one of the following general education patterns: Foothill General Education, CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)
Core courses (31 units)
Support courses (12-15 units)

*Additional elective course work may be necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement for the associate degree.

NOTE: All courses pertaining to the major must be taken for a letter grade. In addition, a GPA of 2.0 or higher is required in all core and support courses for the degree or certificates.
 
Program Type(s):
AS = Associate in Science Degree.
CA = Certificate of Achievement.
 
Core Courses: (31 units)
GIST 11 Introduction to Mapping & Spatial Reasoning (4 units)
GIST 12 Introduction to Geospatial Technology (4 units)
GIST 52 Geospatial Data Acquisition & Management (4 units)
GIST 53 Advanced Geospatial Technology & Spatial Analysis (4 units)
GIST 54A Seminar in Specialized Applications of Geographic Information Systems I (2 units)
GIST 58 Remote Sensing & Digital Image Processing (3 units)
GIST 59 Cartography, Map Presentation & Design (2 units)
C S 1A Object-Oriented Programming Methodologies in Java (5 units)
ITRN 52 Internship (3 units)
 
Support Courses: (12-15 units)
Select TWO courses from the following:
C S 21A Programming in Python (5 units)
C S 22A Javascript for Programmers (5 units)
HORT 45 Vectorworks for Landscape Designers (3 units)

And ONE course from the following:
GEOG 1 Physical Geography (5 units)
GEOG 2 Human Geography (4 units)
GEOG 10 World Regional Geography (4 units)
Certificate of Achievement in Geographic Information Systems Technology I(43 Units)
The Certificate of Achievement is awarded upon completion of the core courses. General education courses are not required.
Certificate of Achievement in Geographic Information Systems Technology II(22 Units)
GIST 11 Introduction to Mapping & Spatial Reasoning (4 units)
GIST 12 Introduction to Geospatial Technology (4 units)
GIST 52 Geospatial Data Acquisition & Management (4 units)
GIST 54A Seminar in Specialized Applications of Geographic Information Systems I (2 units)
GIST 58 Remote Sensing & Digital Image Processing (3 units)
GIST 59 Cartography, Map Presentation & Design (2 units)

And ONE course from the following:
C S 1A Object-Oriented Programming Methodologies in Java (5 units)
C S 21A Programming in Python (5 units)
C S 22A Javascript for Programmers (5 units)
HORT 45 Vectorworks for Landscape Designers (3 units)
Certificate of Achievement in Geographic Information Systems Technology III(31 Units)
GIST 11 Introduction to Mapping & Spatial Reasoning (4 units)
GIST 12 Introduction to Geospatial Technology (4 units)
GIST 52 Geospatial Data Acquisition & Management (4 units)
GIST 53 Advanced Geospatial Technology & Spatial Analysis (4 units)
GIST 54A Seminar in Specialized Applications of Geographic Information Systems I (2 units)
GIST 58 Remote Sensing & Digital Image Processing (3 units)
GIST 59 Cartography, Map Presentation & Design (2 units)

And TWO courses from the following:
C S 1A Object-Oriented Programming Methodologies in Java (5 units)
C S 21A Programming in Python (5 units)
C S 22A Javascript for Programmers (5 units)
HORT 45 Vectorworks for Landscape Designers (3 units)

Academic Year: 2015-2016

Current status: Approved
Last update: 2015-07-20 09:56:02

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