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GIS/Geospatial Technology

This program is offered at Clark State's Beavercreek location.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for individuals with geospatial technology skills are expected to grow 10 to 20 percent over the next decade.  It is a high-technology field with the significant job growth occurring in both the public and private sectors.  Career areas include photogrammetry, cartography, geographical information systems, global positioning systems, and remote sensing.

The program schedule that follows is designed for full-time students who have completed all prerequisites and who have no college preparatory recommendations. Many individuals, especially part-time students, and those taking college preparatory courses, will require additional semesters of study. Students should consult their academic advisor for help in planning their schedules.

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of an Associate of Applied Science degree in Geospatial Technology, a graduate will be able to:

  • Acquire geospatial information from a variety of sources.
  • Use, combine, and manage geospatial data for a given purpose.
  • Interpret and analyze geospatial information.
  • Use geographic information system software for storage, manipulation, and analysis of geospatial data.


Scholastic Preparation
Students should possess mathematical, analytical, and spatial reasoning skills and should be comfortable using technology.  Students who have not completed a full sequence of high school mathematics will need to complete a series of college preparatory math classes. 

Transfer Options
Students enrolled in applied associate degree programs are preparing for employment upon graduation from the program.  However, at some point many of these students are also interested in completing a bachelor's degree. A number of colleges or universities have designed bachelor's completion programs designed for students completing applied degrees. See the Transfer section of the catalog for more information.

Humanities/Social Science Electives
A complete listing of humanities and social science electives is available in the College Catalog.

Course Title Credits
Fall
GST 1000 Geospatial Program Orientation 1
CAD 1101 Computer-Aided Design I * 3
GEO 1000 Introduction to GIS and Cartography 3
ITS 1105 Computer Concepts and Software Applications * 3
MTH 1280 College Algebra 4
 
Spring
GST 1400 Georeferencing and Mapping 3
GST 1500 Remote Sensing 3
CSD 1400 Database Management 3
CSD 1500 Programming Fundamentals 3
EBE 1000 Employability Skills 1
ENG 1111 English I 3
 
Summer
EBE 2702 Co-op Education I 2
 
Fall
GST 1300 Introduction to UAS or Technical Elective** 3
GST 2100 Intermediate GIS & Data Management 3
STT 2640 Elementary Statistics I 3
-- Humanities/Social Science Elective 3
-- Natural/Physical Sciences Elective 3
 
Spring
GST 2350 Programming for GIS 3
GST 2700 Advanced Topics in Geospatial Technology 4
ENG 2211 Business Communication 3
MGT 2000 Introduction to Project Managementor  
MTH 1340 Pre-Calculus 5
 
  Total Credit Hours 62

* Students with little or no computer background should enroll in ITS 0800 before taking other computer courses.  Students without adequate keyboarding skills should enroll in ITS 0810 before taking a computer class.

**GST electives must total a minimum of 3 semester hours and may come from any GST, CSD, or ATI course not already prescribed or CAD 1102 or any physics course at the PHY 1100 level or higher