The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technology diploma program prepares students for employment in a variety of GIS professional positions. Students will work for organizations utilizing GIS software and GPS equipment. Graduating students will apply their education in Mobile GIS, Internet Mapping, and Cartography, GIS in Agricultural Applications, GIS in Local and County Government, GPS Surveying, and Customizing GIS Applications through programming. Professional positions in GIS may include: GIS Technician, Planning Technician, GIS Analyst, Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing Technician, Natural Resource Management Technician, Data Entry Technician, Research Technician, and Sales & Marketing Technician. The program provides learning opportunities which introduce, develop, and reinforce academic and technical knowledge, skills and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. Additionally, the program provides opportunities to upgrade present knowledge and skills or retrain in GIS practices and software.

Diploma Program
Program Length 43 Credit Hours
Education Requirements High School graduate or GED recipient; minimum age: 16
Entrance Dates Fall Semester
Offered Macon Campus

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technology Diploma Curriculum

Credit Hours

General Education Core Courses 8
EMPL 1000 Interpersonal Relations and Professional Development
ENGL 1010

ENGL 1101
Fundamentals of English I
Composition and Rhetoric
MATH 1012

MATH 1103

MATH 1101

MATH 1111
Foundations of Mathematics
Quantitative Skills and Reasoning
Mathematical Modeling
College Algebra
Occupational Courses 35
GIFS 1101 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 4
GIFS 1103 Intermediate GIS 4
GIFS 1109 Special Topics in GIS 4
GIFS 1114 Advanced GIS: Application Development 4
GIFS 1116 Spatial Analysis in GIS 4
GIFS 1122 GIS In Science, Business, and Government 4
GIFS 1124 Cartographic Design for GIS 4
GIFS 1126 Database Design and Management in GIS  
CIST 2129 Comprehensive Database Techniques  
XXXX xxxx Occupationally-related Electives:
DFTG 1101, DFTG 1103, DFTG 1105; CIST 1001, CIST 1001, CIST 1101, CIST 1130; COMP 1000; BUSN 1300, BUSN 1310, BUSN 1320, BUSN 1330; MKTG 1100, MKTG 1130, MKTG 2300
  Total Hours 43