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Geographic Information Systems AAS Degree
Semester Hours:  63
Effective Term: Fall 2017
Prerequisites: MAT118 or higher
Corequisites: None


Program Description: The Geographic Information Systems AAS Degree encompasses the creation, analysis, and mapping of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data, including environmental transportation systems and/or communities applications. Students will be prepared for entry-level positions utilizing GIS, AutoCAD, GPH, and GPS technology and/or to progress toward a baccalaureate degree.

Recommended Proficiencies: Mathematics/Statistics and Computer Information Systems proficiencies.

Course Requirements
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) AAS Degree
Total Credits: 63

Prerequisite:
MAT118 Essential Mathematics (4) or higher

General Education Requirements (23-24)

Written Communications (3)
Select one:
ENG101 English Composition III (3)
ENG121 Applied Technical Writing (3)

Oral Communications (3)
COM100 Fundamentals of Human Communication (3) or higher
(Recommended)

Art and Humanities (3)
Select a course numbered 100 or above from the following: ART, HMC, LIT, MHL, PHI, AND THE. Students may also choose from the Art or Humanities AGEC lists. The required courses must represent two different departments for the Art and Humanities category. For example, students may not take a HIS course to fulfill their Art and Humanities requirement, if they are using another HIS courses to complete their Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement.

Social and Behavioral Sciences (3)
GEO101 Introduction to Cultural and Historical
Geography (3)
OR select a course numbered 100 or above from the following: ABS, ECN, GEO, HIS, POS, PSY, AND SOC. Students may also choose any course from the Social and Behavioral Sciences AGEC list. The required courses must represent two different departments for the Social and Behavioral Sciences category. For example, students may not take a HIS course to fulfill their Arts and Humanities requirement, if they are using another HIS course to complete their Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement.

Physical and Biological Sciences (8)
GPH111 Introduction to Physical Geography (4) plus
BIO100 Biology Concepts (4)
Or select a 4-credit Physical & Biological course with lab numbered 100 or above from the Biological and Physical Science Lab list. Students may also choose a course from the Biological and Physical Lab Science AGEC list.

Mathematics (3-4)
Select one:
MAT121 Intermediate Algebra, Standard (4) or higher
MAT162 Applied Statistics (3) (Recommended)

Core Courses (18)
GIS101 Introduction to Geographic Information echnologies (3)
GIS102 Map and Image Interpretation (3)
GIS111 Introduction to GIS (4)
GIS112 Intermediate GIS (4)
GIS113 Advanced GIS (4)

Course Electives (18)
CET221 Basic Surveying and Grade Staking (4)
DFT127 AutoCAD I (3)
DFT128 AutoCAD II (3)
DFT131 AutoCAD III (3)
GIS150 GIS and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) (3)
GIS196 GIS Internship I (3)
GIS210 GIS Programming (3)
GIS230 Applied GIS: The Environment (3)
GIS231 Applied GIS: Transportation Systems (3)
GIS232 Applied GIS: Communities (3)
GIS250 Remote Sensing I (4)
GIS251 Remote Sensing II (4)
GIS296 GIS Internship II (3)
GIS299 GIS Research Methods (4)

Other Requirements (4)
PAC course (1)

Reading Competency
RDG100 College Reading
OR
Equivalent reading assessment test score

Computer Competency (3)
Select one:
AGB124 Microcomputers in Agriculture (3)
CIS120 Survey of Computer Information Systems (3)
(Recommended)

Students must earn:
a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
a minimum of 20 credits from CAC
a minimum of 63 credits.

Program Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1. (Evaluation Level) Identify, explain and apply GIS skills and knowledge to create GIS projects then evaluate those projects based on industry GIS standards.
2. (Evaluation Level) Describe, analyze and evaluate GIS applications based on project goals and stakeholder's needs.
3. (Evaluation Level) Explain, analyze and critique datums, projections and coordinate systems to determine project steps from beginning to end.
4. (Evaluation Level) Demonstrate, explain and critique the role of remote sensing applications in GIS.
5. (Evaluation Level) Create, explain and evaluate the process to digitally create and modify a map.
6. (Evaluation Level) Use GIS applications to analyze a range of datasets, including transportation systems, the environment and communities culminating in the creation of a city plan.
7. (Synthesis Level) Assemble a comprehensive plan to use GIS methods to conduct research in preparation or in conjunction with an Internship.
8. (Evaluation Level) Demonstrate, explain and critique the use of programming languages in GIS for specific applications.
9. (Synthesis Level) Apply GIS and GPH knowledge and skills to real-world applications.
10. (Evaluation Level) Identify, explain, demonstrate and provide suggestions for enhancing advanced level map elements, including: title, scale, north arrow, date and legend and many others.
Standards for Program
URISA (http://www.urisa.org/)

ESRI (http://www.esri.com/) &
(http://proceedings.esri.com/library/userconf/proc01/professional/papers/pap411/p411.htm)

GISCI (http://www.gisci.org/)

NCGIA (http://www.ncgia.ucsb.edu/) &
(http://www.ncgia.ucsb.edu/other/ucgis/ed_priorities/a&c.html)