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Geographic Information Science Associate of Applied Science Degree

Location(s): In Person and Online

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Program Overview

Major ID: 385A

Program Start Dates: Fall, Spring, Summer - only General Education courses & GISC 1785 

GIS is an acronym for Geographic Information Science. The GIS Associate of Applied Science degree will prepare students for entry level positions in various industries that require geospatial skills and thinking or for transitioning to four-year baccalaureate programs. Students completing this degree will be able to create and import digital special data representing realworld features from the surface of the Earth with the goal of viewing, manipulating, and analyzing the data to be distributed and used in decision making.

Duties for many positions requiring GIS skills typically involve a combination of outside field work and indoor computer work. While outside, raw spatial data is often collected with GPS devices for a variety of features. Some examples include the location of trees, fountains, utility poles, underground pipelines, soil sample sites, endangered species, and more. The working environment may be in a dense urban area or remote national park, depending on the employer. While inside, digital special data are imported from your GPS devices into a computer where the data is assessed for quality and revised/ manipulated if necessary. Remotely sensed data from various sensors and online archives may also be used to generate additional information. GIS employees typically coordinate with other experts (e.g. geologists, business operations specialists, hydrologists, farmers, and urban planners) to discuss the scientific and managerial implications of their work.

Career Opportunities

There are abundant opportunities for employment as a GIS Analyst, GIS Technician, or GIS Specialist in a wide variety of businesses, universities, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. Employees with strong GIS skills are highly coveted in the oil and gas industry, biological and environmental sciences research, natural resource management, government agencies focus on mapping and analyzing infrastructure, intelligence collection by federal agencies, and various business groups. GIS professionals also have ample opportunity to advance into more highly-skilled positions or managerial and leadership positions.

Program Outcomes

  1. Graduates will possess fundamental and applied skills in GIS such as making maps, working with rasters and vectors, geometric accuracy, georeferenceing, map projections, spatial analysis, Boolean logic, scripting, remote sensing, air photo interpretation, etc.
  2. Graduates will develop a working knowledge of the most popular GIS software, ArcGIS from ESRI.
  3. Graduates will develop a working knowledge of GPS devices used by a multitude of businesses and government agencies.

Program Faculty

Kirk Stueve

Transfer Opportunities

Saint Paul College has transfer agreements & partnerships between many post-secondary institutions. For more information please go to saintpaul.edu/Transfer.

Program Requirements

Subtotal: 30 Credits

General Education/MnTC Requirements

Refer to the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) Course List  for each Goal Area

General Education Requirements: 30 Credits

Course Sequence

Not all courses are offered each semester; a selection of courses is offered summer term Students should consult with the Program Faculty each semester.

First Semester

Total Semester Credits: 16

Total Semester Credits: 14

Third Semester

Total Semester Credits: 16

Fourth Semester

Total Semester Credits: 14

Total Program Credits: 60

Information is subject to change. This Program Requirements Guide is not a contract.

Minimum Program Entry Requirements
Students entering this program must meet the following minimum program entry requirements:

Reading: Score of 250+ or grade of “C” or better in READ 0722  or READ 0724  or EAPP 0900  

Writing: Score of 250+ on Reading Comprehension or grade of “C” or better in ENGL 0922  or EAPP 0900  

Quant. Reasoning, Algebra & Stats: Score of 270+ or Adv. Algebra & Functions: Score of 250+ or grade of “C” or better in MATH 0920  

Assessment Results and Prerequisites: Students admitted into Saint Paul College programs may need to complete additional courses based on assessment results and course prerequisite requirements. Certain MATH, READ, and ENGL courses have additional prerequisites.

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