Geographic Information Systems Programs

Metro offers a competive and comprehensive undergraduate GIS programs, that focus on the individual student while being large enough to offer a variety of important foundation and advanced courses.

Academic Approach
Our approach in teaching GIS is balanced between conceptual and technical skill development. Conceptual understanding of GIS, cartography, and remote sensing is stressed. Hands-on laboratory and field projects deal with data collection, processing, spatial analysis, information synthesis, and product development. GIS applications to numerous disciplines are explored, such as land use and urban planning, environmental sciences, and natural resources. Students also gain the opportunity to participate in GIS internships, professional societies, workshops, and conferences. Some students completing the GIS Programs enter the job market as spatial data users, GIS and remote sensing specialists, spatial analysts, or GIS developers. Others pursue graduate academic programs.

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Metro offers two comprehensive GIS Programs through the Department: a Land Use major with a GIS Concentration and a GIS Certificate. It also offers a GIS Minor

The Bachelor of Science in Land Use with a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Concentration encompass concepts and methods for spatial understanding, modeling, and inquiry. Remote sensing is the science and technology of imaging and processing earth surface data, acquired at a distance. GIS Concentration students take the GIS Certificate requirements, along with additional course requirements.

REQUIRED COURSES ........................................................... 65 SEMESTER HOURS

The GIS Certificate.Program is designed to provide students with varied academic
backgrounds the opportunity to gain competency in GIS and remote sensing sciences and technologies. It is primarily geared toward degreed students not seeking an additional degree or non-degreed students from other disciplines besides Land Use. The GIS Certificate is awarded to students who maintain a B average in all GIS courses.

REQUIRED COURSES............................................................23 SEMESTER HOURS

The GIS Minor is a 20-hour program for students in other degree programs that require a minor.

REQUIRED COURSES.............................................................20 SEMESTER HOURS