Geographic information systems major | Stark State College | North Canton, Ohio

Geographic information systems major

The geographic information systems associate degree program provides the community with skilled professionals who use, edit, and make decisions using GIS systems. Graduates are able to work in diverse industries that use geographic information systems including government agencies, construction, banking, health care, land use planning, transportation mapping and analysis, and emergency response.

With the growth and expansion of decision-making using spatial data and geographic locations, many organizations are looking for individuals who have skills and knowledge in GIS. GIS professionals can analyze and match spatial data with geographic location, create maps and make decisions relevant to their industries. They use, edit and manipulate the GIS software in their day-to-day operations. GIS is expected to be a growth occupation in Ohio and throughout the nation.

Also, Stark State offers a geographic information systems specialist certificate. All classes in the certificate can be applied directly to the associate degree.

Your pathway to a degree

You can start with a geospatial technology professional certificate or geographic information systems specialist certificate, taking classes that directly apply to the associate degree in geographic information systems:

GIS – geospatial technology professional certificate

Geographic information systems specialist certificate

Associate degree

Program learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate the ability to acquire, organize, and evaluate terminology and information for making decisions and solving problems and providing solutions in a web design and development environment.
  • Demonstrate employability skills and professionalism through sound work habits, ethics, and responsibility, and work individually and in diverse team settings.
  • Demonstrate solution strategies to formulate and write project descriptions and documents by using the appropriate computational, technical, and communication skills and technologies relating to the web design and development field.
  • Use the appropriate design and coding of structured programs in the major software development languages relating to the Management Information Systems field.
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