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Geographic Information Science

Program Details

  • College/University: Saint Paul College
  • Award: Associate of Applied Science
  • Credits: 60
  • Delivery: Face-to-face where some online courses may be available or required.

About this Program

GIS is an acronym for Geographical Information Science. The GIS Associate in 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 real-world 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.

Classroom Location(s)

  • Saint Paul College 55102
Saint Paul College
Saint Paul College
235 Marshall Ave. Saint Paul, MN 55102
Toll-Free: (800) 227-6029
Local: (651) 846-1600

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