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. See the breakdown below.

Your pathway to a degree

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

  • Student Success Seminar
  • Fundamentals of Information Systems
  • Programming Logic and Problem Solving
  • Data Modeling and Database Design
  • Maps and Map Reading
  • Internet/Intranet Design and Development
  • Technical Elective
  • Basic AutoCAD
  • Microsoft SQL Server Database
  • Python Development
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing
  • Technical Elective

Certificate Credits 34

Take these additional courses to earn an associate degree in geographic information systems that you can take right to the workforce or easily transfer to a bachelor’s degree program:

  • Arts & Humanities Elective
  • Natural Science Elective
  • College Composition
  • Explorations in Modern Mathematics
  • Effective Speaking or COM122 Interpersonal Communication or COM123 Small Group Communication
  • Advanced Tools in Geospatial Technologies
  • Geospatial Technologies in Industry
  • Analyzing Software Requirements and Developing Solutions

Additional Credits 27-28