SLCC General Catalog

Geographic Information Science Technology (GIS) CC

CTE Certificate of Completion
31 credits minimum

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Program Description

The Geographic Information Science Technology program provides students with skills in Geographic Information Science Technology, using ESRI software. GIS related employment is one of the fastest growing areas in today’s work place. A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a powerful tool designed to work with data referenced by spatial or geographic coordinates. This system captures, stores, checks, integrates, manipulates, analyzes and displays data. The data is spatially referenced to the earth. Geographic Information Sciences use GIS tools along with remote sensing, aerial photography, photogrammetry, and others to capture, store, retrieve, analyze, model and display data.

The unique application of GIS appeals to students’ interest in numerous academic/economic sections including but not limited to the following, Marketing, Urban Planning, Public Safety, Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, Medicine, Forestry, Bureau of Land Management, Transportation, Environmental Studies, Emergency Preparedness, Archeology, and Public Utilities. These entities are only a small sample of the ubiquitous nature of GIS.

Career Opportunities

Students completing the GIS Certificate will be highly qualified for most entry-level geospatial technology positions, specifically in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Entry-level positions could include: local, state, and federal governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations, transportation, public utilities, private sector positions, and military.

The strength of the GIS Certificate is its broad interdisciplinary applications. Students seeking an Associate of Science (AS) or Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree will find greater marketability when combined with the GIS Certificate. Students combining degrees with the GIS Certificate can find potential jobs in: geography, environmental geology, surveying, wildlife/ecology, sustainability, energy management, business and marketing, criminal justice, computer science, transportation, urban planning, computer information systems, education, social sciences, communication, government, homeland security, disaster response, non-profit organizations, the private sector, and more.

Estimated Cost for Students

Tuition & Books each semester

Estimated Time to Completion

If students follow the suggested sample schedule, completion time is four semesters.

 Program Student Learning Outcomes

Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes

 

  1. Acquire substantive knowledge
  2. Communicate effectively
  3. Develop quantitative literacies
  4. Think critically and creatively
  5. Develop knowledge and skills to be civically engaged
  6. Develop the knowledge and skills to work with others in a professional and constructive manner
  7. Develop computer and information literacy
  8. Develop the attitudes and skills for lifelong wellness

Students will demonstrate an ability to apply analytical methods using geospatial technology.

  • Extracting meaning from basic geometric operations of existing data sets or to derive new for further analysis.
  • Perform analytical operations using geospatial technology – specifically GIS – to answer a broad range of spatial problems.

1, 3, 4

Students will demonstrate basic knowledge in geographic phenomena, geographic information, and geographic tasks in relation to space, time, properties, and human concepts. 

1, 3, 4, 5

Students will demonstrate cartographic and visualization skills using geospatial technology.

  • Compile and manage geospatial data for cartography and visualization. Symbolization and labeling requirements will shape the way data used in the displays are selected, generalized, classified, projected, and manipulated.
  • Apply basic principles of map design, visualization, and cartographic design to display geographic data.

1, 2, 4

Students will demonstrate an understanding of geospatial database designs based on established methods and principles of database modeling used in computer science.

1, 3, 4

Students will apply data modeling methods using geospatial technology.

  • Analyze the mechanics built into data structures to facilitate search and retrieval of geospatial data.
  • Demonstrate knowledge in using database management systems (DBMS) in geographic contexts to better handle geographic data.
  • Apply Tessellation partitions of continuous surface data.
  • Analyze vector data models to represent discrete entities using points, lines, boundaries, and nodes as sets of coordinate values with associated attributes.

1, 3, 4

Students will demonstrate an ability to apply geo-computation techniques using geospatial technology in terms of spatial uncertainty in relation to input data and the nature of the estimation technique for model output.

1, 3, 4

Students will demonstrate an ability to apply geospatial data analysis.

  • Apply various models to measure the shape of Earth’s surface and how that impacts accuracy and measurement.
  • Apply various ways of geospatially referencing the earth in relation to spheres and ellipsoids.
  • Assess the geometric relationship between datums and coordinate systems of Earth’s surface.
  • Transform geographic coordinate systems into plane projections and explain the various distortions that can occur.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the importance of geospatial data quality in terms of uncertainty within the data, primary versus secondary sources, and appropriate fitness of use of data for a particular project.
  • Demonstrate basic understanding of how geospatial data conforms to legal accuracy standards for land surveying and global positioning systems (GPS).
  • Demonstrate an understanding of geospatial data standards of metadata for maximize efficiency, accuracy, and investment, and to reduce errors, uncertainty, and redundancy.

1, 3, 4

Students will demonstrate an ability to determine the role geospatial technology plays in society.

  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the legal aspects of geospatial data and the potential misuse.
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the economic aspects of institutions investing in geospatial technology.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how geospatial technology is used in local, state, and national governmental agencies, social services, public safety, economic and urban development, environmental management, and national defense.
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of how organizations assert proprietary interests in relation to geospatial information and how it varies between public and private sectors and between nations.
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the legal and ethical dissemination and access of geospatial information.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the ethical and moral choices and implications of decision making for individuals and organizations using geospatial information.

1, 2, 4, 5

Students will use demonstrate basic knowledge of the organizational and institutional aspects of geospatial technology.

  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the institutional and inter-institutional aspects of geospatial technology.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of local, state, national, and international organizations that exist to coordinate, inform, and support geospatial activities.

1, 4, 5

 

General Education Requirements

Core Skills:

Quantitative Studies (QS) 4 Credits

Course

Title

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

MATH 1010

Interim Algebra

4

A

RDG 0900; Within the past year, MATH 0990 w/C grade or better, or appropriate Accuplacer score

Communication (CM) 3 Credits

Course

Title

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

Any approved CM course

 

 

 

Human Relations (HR) 2-3 Credits

Course

Title

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

Any approved HR course

 

 

 

Required Courses: (15 Credits)

Course

Title

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

GEOG 1800

Geospatial Tech

3

A

 

GEOG 1820

Applied GIS

3

A

GEOG 1800 or instructor approval

GEOG 2100

Maps/Measurement

3

F

 

GEOG 2900

Independent Projects

3

A

Instructor approval

GEOG 2920

Applied GIS II

3

Sp

GEOG 1820 or instructor approval

 

Electives

Students may select up to 6 credits of elective from an area of study.  Below is just a small sample of courses from various programs to help students see the broad applications of geospatial technology in their chosen field of study.  Students are not limited to the options provided below.

Business Emphasis

Course

Title

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

ECON 1010

Economics Soc Sci

3

A

 

ECON 1600

Intro to Econ Syst

3

F, Sp

 

ECON 2010

Microeconomics

3

A

none

ECON 2020

Macroeconomics

3

A

none

ECON 2250

Environment Econ

3

F, Sp

none

ECON 2400

Internt’l Econ

3

F

ECON 2010, ECON 2020

MGT 2600

Intl Trade/Bus

3

Sp

none

MKTG 1030

Intro to Mktg

3

A

none

MKTG 2400

Intnl Mktg

3

F

MKTG 1030, ECON 2020

Computer Information Systems Emphasis

Course

Title

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

CIS 1030

Obj-OrientedPro I

3

F, Sp

Recommended: CIS 1020

CIS 1055

Fund of DB Design

3

A

CIS 1020

CIS 1130

Obj-Oriented Pro II

3

F, Sp

CIS 1030

CIS 1555

SQL Programming

3

F, Sp

CIS 1055 or concurrently

CIS 2550

Data Base Prog

3

F, Sp

CIS 1030 and 2010

CIS 2600

Fund Database Mgt

3

A

CIS 1030 or concurrently

CIS 2730

C++Prog w/Objs

3

F, Sp

CIS 1135

CIS 2760

Java I

3

F, Sp

CIS 1135 or concurrently

CIS 2770

Java II

3

F, Sp

CIS 2760

Computer Science Emphasis

Course

Title

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

CS 1400

Comp Science Fund

4

A

CS 1030 or concurrently

CS 1410

Object Oriented Programg

4

A

CS 1400

CS 2420

Algthms & Data Structures

4

A

CS 1410

CS 2520

InterProg in VB

3

Sp

CS 2420

CS 2540

InterProg in C++

3

F

CS 2420

CS 2550

Adv Java Prog

3

Sp

CS 2420

Criminal Justice Emphasis

Course

Title

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

CJ 1340

Criminal Invest

3

A

CJ 1010

CJ 1350

Intro Forensic Sci

3

A

Recommended: CJ 1340

CJ 2440

Organized Crime

3

F, Sp

CJ 1010

CJ 2450

Terrorism

3

F, Sp

CJ 1010

CJ 2470

Intro Criminology

3

F, Sp

CJ 1010

CJ 2490

Drug Trafficking

3

F, Sp

CJ 1010

CJ 2550

Emergen Mgt Prin

3

F, Sp

CJ 1010

Ecology/Wildlife Emphasis

Course

Title

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

BIOL 1030

Intro Plant Biology

4

F, Sp

RDG 0900 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score. Coreq: BIOL 1035

BIOL 1035

Intro Plant Bio Lab

0

F, Sp

Coreq: BIOL 1030

BIOL 1050

Intro Animal Biology

4

F, Sp

RDG 0990 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score. Coreq: BIOL 1055

BIOL 1055

Intro Animal Bio Lab

0

F, Sp

Coreq: BIOL 1050

BIOL 1070

Intro to Marine Bio

4

F, Sp

RDG 0990 w/C grade of better or appropriate Accuplacer score. Coreq: BIOL 1075

BIOL 1075

Intro Marine Bio Lab

0

F, Sp

Coreq: BIOL 1070

BIOL 1120

Intro Conservation Bio

3

F, Sp

RDG 0900 w/C or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

BIOL 2220

Ecology

4

Sp

BIOL 1610 w/C grade or better. Coreq: BIOL 2225

BIOL 2225

Ecology Lab

0

Sp

Coreq: BIOL 2220

GEOG 1000

Earth’s Surf Environ

3

A

 

Geography or Environmental Geology Emphasis

Course

Title

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

GEOG 1000

Earth’s Surf Env

3

A

 

GEOG 1300

Regional Geog

3

F, Sp

 

GEOG 1400

Human Geog

3

F, Sp

 

GEOG 1700

Natural Disasters

3

A

 

GEOG 1780

Remote Sensing of Earth

3

F, Sp

 

GEOG 2200

Urban/Envirn Issues

3

Sp

 

GEO 1060

Envr Geology

3

Sp

Coreq: GEO 1065

GEO 1065

Envr Geol Lab

1

Sp

Coreq: GEO 1060

GEO 1110

Phys Geology

3

F

Coreq: GEO 1115

GEO 1115

Phys Geolog Lab

1

F

Coreq: GEO 1110

SVT 2110

Photogrammetry

3

Sp

SVT 1110

Surverying Emphasis

Course

Title

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

EDDT 1040

Intro to CAD

3

A

 

SVT 1030

Survey Field Tech I

3

Sp

SVT 1110 or MATH 1060

SVT 1120

Surveying Math II

4

Sp

SVT 1110

SVT 2030

Survey Field Tech II

3

Sp

SVT 1030

SVT 2040

Control Surveys

3

F

SVT 1120

SVT 2100

Land Develop

3

F

SVT 1110

SVT 2110

Photogrammetry

3

Sp

SVT 1110

Social Science Emphasis

Course

Title

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

ANTH 1030

Intro Archaeology

3

A

 

ANTH 1500

Basic Field Tech

3

Su

 

HIST 1500

World Hist to 1500

3

F, Sp

 

HIST 1510

WrldHistSince 1500

3

F, Sp

 

HIST 2990

Survey Utah History

3

F, Sp

 

HUMA 2300

World Religions

3

A

 

POLS 2100

Intro Intl Politics

3

TBA

 

POLS 2200

Intro Compare Pol

3

TBA

 

POLS 2300

Political Ideology

3

F, Sp

 

Sample Schedule

1st Year Schedule

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

GEOG 1800

3

GEOG 1820

3

MATH 1010

4

CM

3

Total

7

Total

6

2nd Year Schedule

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

GEOG 2100

3

GEOG 2920

3

ELEC

3

GEOG 2900

3

HR

3

ELEC

3

Total

9

Total

9

Department Contact Info

Division of Natural Science

Taylorsville Redwood Campus
Science & Industry Building (SI) 345

General Information
801-957-4073

Program Information
801-957-4150

Geographic Information Science Program

Academic Advisor
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
Science & Industry Building (SI) 209
801-957-4858

Program Faculty

Instructors
Robert Dastrup
Lauren Parker