Geographic Information System Certificate (GISC)

Attention This is an overview of the program. The course sequencing is meant to serve as a guideline for your semester planning. Please note that the scheduling of courses, program sequencing and curriculum are subject to change.

The Geospatial Technology A.A.S. degree and GIS certificate are strong and cutting-edge technical
degrees in geospatial technology and provide a foundation for students planning a career in geospatial technology or supplemental preparation for other fields. These degrees address the Department of Labor’s Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM) with an emphasis in geographic information systems (GIS), spatial analysis, remote sensing, and global positioning systems (GPS). The programs not only provide students with core competencies in GIS, but reaches farther into the geospatial spectrum by providing a strong emphasis in aerial and satellite-based remote sensing, spatial data acquisition, and publication to the Internet. The degrees provide students with the opportunity to develop skill sets used in many professions.
The curriculum is designed to prepare students to:
• use the Geographic Information System software packages and the geospatial data processing tools.
• understand GIS and remote sensing theory, data acquisition, data processing, and applications.
• understand how GIS is applied to various professions, including but not limited to: agriculture, forestry,
environmental, health, transportation, economic development, homeland security, law enforcement, and
urban planning.
Career Opportunities:
Students completing the Geospatial Technology A.A.S. degree or GIS certificate will be highly qualified for most entry-level and even intermediate geospatial technology positions, specifically in Geographic Information Systems. The programs give students a competitive edge because students have the opportunity to focus on advanced GIS technological skill sets. Positions could include: local, state, and federal governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations, transportation, public utilities, private
sector positions, and military.
The geospatial technology industry is extremely diverse and interdisciplinary, applicable and highly needed in the following industries: business and marketing, geography, urban planning and transportation, architecture, public safety, homeland security, criminal justice and law enforcement, public health, forestry and agriculture, environmental science and wildlife conservation, energy management, natural resource management, history and archeology, sociology, the military, disaster response and mitigation, surveying, computer science, and more. 
All GIS courses will be offered online. Depending upon selection, most General Education courses are offered online.

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

First Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
BUS 120
or BUS 248
Introduction to Business Organization
Essentials of Entrepreneurship and Small Business
CIS 180 Introduction to Project Management 3
ENG 105 Research and Composition 3
GIS110 Introduction to Smart Mapping (GIS) (1st 8 weeks) 3
GIS 115 Intermediate GIS (2nd 8 weeks) 3
Semester Total 15
Second Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
IDS 105 Thinking, Problem Solving, and Team Building 3
GIS 210 Intermediate Geographic Information Systmes 2 (1st 8 weeks) 3
GIS 215 Remote Sensing & Advanced Applications in GIS (2nd 8 weeks) 3
Elective* GIS 3
Semester Total 12
Third Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
GIS 220 Capstone in Geospatial Technology 3
Semester Total 3
Credit Total 30

*GIS Elective – Select from one of the following:
GIS 120 – GIS in Homeland Security 
GIS 125 – GIS in Law Enforcement
GIS 130 – GIS in Economic Development
GIS 135 – GIS in STEM 

Geographic Information System (Certificate)

Approximate Cost of Program

Books: 1,600 Fees: 564 Tuition: 3,200
Books: 1,600 Fees: 852 Tuition: 6,400
Out of State    
Books: 1,600 Fees: 1,140 Tuition: 9,600
Schuylkill County    
Books: 1,600 Fees: 852 Tuition: 4,800
  • On-Campus Room & Board: Not Offered

Length of Program
Intended time to complete: 18 months