GIS Certificate 2013-2014
Associates of Science in Applied GIS 2013-2014
Geographic information systems (GIS) are computer systems for the collection, management, analysis and display of geographically-referenced data. GIS is applied in a wide array of fields including planning, natural resources, transportation, business, public health, and emergency response. GIS and other geospatial technologies are also increasingly part of our daily lives; examples include GPS-enable cell phones , Google Earth, and MapQuest. The Shasta College GIS Program offers a 24-unit GIS Certificate and a 60-unit Associate of Science Degree in Applied GIS. Both options prepare students for the workplace or for transfer to university programs. Student learn fundamentals of collecting, editing, and mapping spatial data. Students develop a foundation in map and GIS principles. From this foundation, practical GIS skills are developed. Data from global positioning systems (GPS) , Internet servers and other sources are collected and processed. This data is then used to produce high quality maps and to support decision-making. Worksite learning allows students to gain GIS work experience.