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Geographic Information Systems Technician

BSC's GIS program offers students the opportunity to enter into one of the fastest growing careers in the U.S. Three program options give students flexibility as they learn about cartography, scale, metadata and database management.


On-campus / Online
Geographic Information Systems Technician

New enrollments into the Associate in Applied Science and Program Certificate degree options are restricted as of Spring 2022. Please contact an academic advisor about alternative options.

Program Description

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a powerful computer-based software that makes use of spatial and statistical methods to analyze and display geographic information. A GIS user creates maps from databases linked to location analytics. Students learn the basics of geospatial applications used on the job. 


GIS workers typically work on teams and need good communication and interpersonal skills. Other considerations are creative thinking and problem-solving skills, curiosity, and aptitude for working with computers.

Program Requirements

Students who complete the curriculum requirements earn an Associate in Applied Science degree, Program Certificate, or Certificate of Completion. Students should be aware that they will be required to take some classes online. 

The Associate in Applied Science degree provides a core set of skills and competencies and broad knowledge of the discipline. The Program Certificate and the Certificate of Completion emphasize GIS applications and computer technology. The two certificates indicate proficiency in GIS as a supplement to another course of study.

Career Opportunities

GIS proficiency is a skillset employers seek in job applicants today. 

Career possibilities include energy production and distribution, agriculture, science, transportation, engineering, wildlife and natural resources, law enforcement, emergency management, government, social services, archeology, environmental monitoring, city planning, marketing, telecommunications, repair service, retail business, and more. Geospatial knowledge makes students more employable.



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