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GIS/Geospatial Technology

GIS/Geospatial Technology

This program is available at the Beavercreek and Online locations.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for individuals with geospatial technology skills continues to grow 10 to 20 percent into the next decades.  It is a high-technology field with the significant job growth occurring in both the public and private sectors.  Clark State’s GIS/Geospatial Technology program provides students with a unique combination of theory, analytical techniques, and computer skills to enable them to work effectively and independently in various geospatial technology fields including but not limited to the defense industry, urban planning, engineering, municipal management, business, and environmental studies.  The curriculum is built around GIS, or Geographic Information Systems, and prepares them to display data through maps and charts, acquire and analyze spatial data, and collect and interpret remotely sensed images of our landscape.  The program is enhanced with course options in unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or drones.  

Embedded Certificate
This degree program contains one or more embedded certificates which will automatically be awarded if the certificate requirements are met unless the student contacts Records and Registration and indicates he/she does not wish to have the certificate credential awarded.

Career Information

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Outcomes and Curriculum

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
Course Title Credits
GEO 1000 Introduction to Cartography with GIS 3
GEO 1100 Human Geography 3
EBE 1000 Employability Skills 1
ENG 1111 English I 3
FYE 1100 College Success 1
ITS 1105 Computer Concepts and Software Applications 3
GST 1400 Mapping and Georeferencing with GIS 3
GST 1500 Remote Sensing 3
GEO 1400 Introduction to Physical Geography 3
CSD 1300 Database Management 2
CSD 1310 SQL I 2
STT 2640 Elementary Statistics I 3
EBE 2702 Co-op Education I 2
GST 1300 Introduction to UAS 3
GST 2100 Intermediate GIS Analysis and Data Management 3
CSD 1510 Programming Fundamentals with Python 3
ENG 2211 Business Communication 3
BIO 1420 Global Biology 4
GST 2700 Advanced Topics in Geospatial Technology and GIS 4
GEO 2200 World Regional Geography 3
MGT 2000 Introduction to Project Management 3
CAD 1101 Computer-Aided Design I  
or GST 1350 UAS Operations, Planning, and Piloting 3
  Total credit hours 61
* 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.  BIO 1420 - Global Biology and GEO 1100 - World Human Geography are recommended electives.

*** This is a suggested Humanities/Social Social Science elective.

**** This is a suggested Natural/Physical Science elective.

The program schedule 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.

A complete listing of humanities and social science electives is available in the College Catalog.

Academic 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 Information

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.

Questions? We're here to help!

Adam John Parrillo, Ph.D. Assistant Dean, School of Business and Applied Technologies