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2008-2009 Gainesville State College Catalog 
2008-2009 Gainesville State College Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Geographic Information Science Certificate

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Location is a fundamental attribute of all features. Professionals in a wide range of disciplines are utilizing Geographic Information Systems to collect, manage, and analyze geographic information for a deeper understanding of our world. In many disciplines, applied knowledge of geospatial technology has become a presumed prerequisite.

The Gainesville State College Certificate in Geographic Information Science is an applied program that combines theory and training to address real-world problems in a variety of disciplines. Course material is tied closely to the geospatial industry. Participating students will gain valuable experience through internships, service projects, and research projects.

The Certificate is designed to complement students who are pursuing or who already possess an Associates Degree or higher. Students will be prepared for entry level positions as GIS technicians and/or transfer into competitive four-year degree programs. Courses in the Geographic Information Science Certificate may be applied toward the Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Environmental Spatial Analysis. Contact the Division of Natural Science, Engineering, and Technology for information on job placement and transferability.

To earn a GIS Certificate, students must:

  1. maintain a 2.5 GPA in all required GIS Certificate courses;
  2. successfully complete an exit exam; and,
  3. apply for graduation one semester prior to completion of the Certificate requirements.


Program Requirements

Required Courses (15 hours)


  • GISC   4470K  Spatial Analysis in GIS with Lab (3 hours)



* Students with prior GIS experience may exempt this course upon successful completion of a competency exam.

Select 3 hours from the following courses:


Certain GISC courses may be applied toward Area F graduation requirements in Geology and Physical Geography. For more information contact the Division of Natural Sciences and Technology.

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