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Geographic Information Systems

Geographic Information Systems is a computerized spatial database management system for capture, storage, retrieval, analysis, and display of geographic information. Along with general education, the GIS program will provide students with the knowledge and practical skills necessary to develop and manage geospatial projects and to interpret and implement GIS as a decision support tool.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Identify how geospatial technologies can be utilized within various organizations/applications
  • Identify necessary equipment (software and hardware) and data needed to complete projects
  • Manage geodatabases (creating, obtaining and updating geospatial data resources)
  • Effectively use various geospatial technologies such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Remote Sensing (RS)
  • Conduct geospatial analyses and operations (geocoding, buffer, clip, distribution, correlation, and network)
  • Work productively on geospatial projects, both independently and in teams
  • Design cartographic representations (maps) of geospatial analyses, draw conclusions, and prepare reports and presentations that convey geospatial research/application/conclusions

The curriculum is designed to prepare students to enter employment after completing the AAS degree or to continue their education at a baccalaureate institution. For those students who plan to work upon program completion, they will be prepared to enter the field of GIS in the public or private sector in such positions as GIS technician or specialist.

Program Entry Requirements:
New students are required to take College placement tests. Students identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics courses in addition to the requirements of the Program.

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:
To qualify for the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Geographic Information Systems, students must complete the appropriate 60 credit hours with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C average). All students must earn a C or better in all GIS courses.

Geographic Information Systems Course Sequence

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.

First Semester

GIS 101 - Introduction to GIS 3
GEOG 101 -Introduction to Physical Geography or
GEOG 103 - Introduction to Human Geography
3 Social Science
ENGL 101 - English Composition I 3 ENGL 101
CIS 103 - Applied Computer Technology 3 Tech Comp
MATH 118 - Intermediate Algebra or higher 3 Mathematic

Second Semester

GIS 102 - Intermediate GIS GIS 101 3
GIS 104 - Principles of Computer Cartography & Visualization GIS 101 3
GEOG 101 - Introduction to Physical Geography or
GEOG 103 - Introduction to Human Geography or
GEOG 180 - Urban Geography or
GEOG 222 - World Regional Geography GEOG 101 or GEOG 103
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better 3 ENGL 102 and Info Lit
Directed Elective (see list below) 3

Third Semester

GIS 201 - Advanced Geospatial Applications GIS 102 3
GEOG 101 - Introduction to Physical Geography or 3
GEOG 103 - Introduction to Human Geography or
GEOG 180 - Urban Geography or
GEOG 222 - World Regional Geography GEOG 101 or GEOG 103
EASC 111 - Environmental Conservation 3 Natural Science
Directed Elective (see list below) 3
General Elective 3

Fourth Semester

GIS 203 - Remote Sensing and Global Positioning Technologies GIS 101, Math 118 3
GIS 206 - Introduction to Web GIS GIS 101 3
Humanities Elective 3 Humanities
Directed Elective (see list below) 3
General Elective 3

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate: 60

Directed Electives

ADC 101 - Introduction to Design and Construction
ADC 103 - CAD Basics
ADC 163 - Digital Documentation in Architecture and Construction
ADC 186 - Surveying
ADC 273 - Advanced CAD Applications
ART 105 - Drawing I
ART 125 - Design I
ART 150 - Introduction to Computer Art/Graphics
ART 151 - Graphic Design I
CIS 105 - Computer System Maintenance
CIS 106 - Introduction to Computer Programming
CIS 130 - Web Page Design I
CIS 150 - Network Technology
CIS 205 - Data Base Management Systems
CIS 230 - Web Page Design II
CSCI 111 - Computer Science I with Java
CSCI 112 - Computer Science II with Java
MATH 121 - Computer Mathematics and Logic
MATH 137 - Geometry for Design
MATH 161 - Precalculus I
MATH 162 - Precalculus II
MATH 163 - Discrete Mathematics
MATH 251 - Statistics for Science

General Education Requirements
All General Education requirements are met through required courses (as indicated above) except for the Writing Intensive requirement, the Interpretive Studies requirement and the American/Global Diversity requirement. Therefore, in order to graduate, students in this program must choose one course that is designated Writing Intensive, one course that is designated Interpretive Studies and one course that is designated American/Global Diversity. The same course may be used to fulfill more than one of these requirements. View the courses that fulfill all degree requirements and receive a more detailed explanation of the College's general education requirements to help in your selection.

For Additional Information Contact:
The Division of Liberal Studies, Room BR-21, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130. Telephone (215) 751-8450; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.