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  Sep 25, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Academic Catalog

Geospatial Technology, CTS


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Knowledge of geospatial technology is an increasingly sought-after skill in industries ranging from natural resources to public health. This certificate program will develop skills needed to successfully use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software and other related technologies in a professional setting. This program contains significant hands-on experiences in GIS, Global Positioning System (GPS) mapping, remote sensing, and unmanned aerial mapping systems, as well as individual capstone projects. This certificate will complement any major at FVCC and provide an opportunity for working professionals to develop geospatial skills required of their positions. Upon completion of this program, students will:

  • Use a variety of GIS application programs to create and analyze geospatial data;
  • Acquire geospatial data from GPS devices, existing Earth observation satellites, and unmanned aerial mapping systems;
  • Design database structures to store and retrieve data;
  • Present cartographic results in both print and web formats; and
  • Implement independent projects which will include formulating spatial questions, identifying and acquiring necessary data, developing and implementing appropriate workflows, and summarizing results in both written and map formats.

First Semester Total: 12


Second Semester Total: 13-15


Total Credits: 25-27


*Indicates prerequisite and/or corequisite needed.  Check course description.

Program Information


  • Students employed in a professional setting may be able to satisfy the project requirements of the SRVY 290  credits within their current work responsibilities.
  • Students in this program are expected to have a basic level of computer proficiency.
  • Courses in this program include lab fees, approximately $20 per course.

Opportunities after Graduation


  • The uses of geospatial technology are widespread and diverse, and as a result it is identified by the Department of Labor as a high-growth industry. Geospatial technology is used by anyone in need of understanding spatial relationships including the following professions: forestry, wildlife biology, environmental science, hydrology, planning, public health, criminal justice, homeland security, emergency management, business, and engineering, among many others. The national geospatial technology market is growing at an annual rate of almost 35 percent (Geospatial Information & Technology Association).

Gainful Employment


For occupational information, tuition and fees, and other gainful employment disclosures, visit our website at www.fvcc.edu/gainfulemployment.html.

Advising Information:


For more information about this program, contact the FVCC Student Support Center or the Faculty Advisor.

Student Support Center Advisor

Faculty Advisor                       

Russ Lamson Tim Eichner, M.S.
LRC 129 RH 155
(406) 756-3885 (406) 756-3898
rlamson@fvcc.edu teichner@fvcc.edu

 

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