GIS Systems Operation Certificate

This three course, nine credit series will prepare students to operate Geographic Information Systems.  The courses utilize ESRI’s ArcGIS software, the industry leader.  By the end of this series, each student will have developed an electronic portfolio.

Program Outcomes

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

  • Articulate in writing Geographic Information System (GIS) concepts, components, and requirements; and spatial analytic processes, cartographic design processes, and their results.
  • Evaluate in writing various data sources’ resolution, timeliness, availability and utility, and various map projections, map symbols, and GIS map products.
  • Geo-code street addresses and latitude/longitude coordinates, and demonstrate knowledge of other geo-coding systems including Universal Transverse Mercator, State Plane Coordinate Systems, U.S. Public Lands Survey, and image geo-referencing.
  • Predict local risks and resources by conducting geographic analysis through selection by location, intersection and union overlays, cluster analysis, absolute and relative distance measures, and surface interpolation in GIS.
  • Apply “best” design standards for a variety of map symbols, through the design, compilation, and production of thematic maps that are physiologically accessible and psychologically meaningful.


First Semester

GEO 210 Introduction to GIS 3

Second Semester

GEO 220
Map Design in GIS 3

Third Semester

GEO 230 GIS Applications Workshop 3


Date Created: 3/10/15