Geographic Information Systems

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Geographic Information Systems (AAS.GIST) 63-64 credit hours
Geographic Information Science Technology (CER.GIST) 30-32 credit hours

Survey GPS with Base Station in Background
Virtually every sector and government is using geographic information to make more informed decisions based on better geographic knowledge. Job opportunities in the geospatial sciences exist locally in San Juan County, the State of New Mexico, nationally and internationally.

The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) certificate program at San Juan College offers students a solid education to pursue a career in the rapidly growing field of geospatial sciences, or to develop new skills for their current profession.

Geospatial science includes geographic information systems (GIS), the global positioning system (GPS) and the remote sensing of satellite and aerial imagery among other mapping technologies. Together these tools are used to collect, manage and analyze geographic information and allow us to make better decisions about our world.

Demonstration of robotic survey equipment
Experts estimate that 70–85% of the information we deal with each day has a spatial component that can be mapped. From improving habitat for endangered species, planning smart growth of communities, wisely managing energy and natural resources, to emergency vehicle response, locating new businesses, analyzing health risks and aircraft navigation, GIS is now an integral part of our everyday lives. The applications of GIS are limited only by people’s imagination!

Interesting Links

How GIS Works Career Info Student Example Student Example Student Example

How GIS works and other GIS resources.

For students and others interested in learning about careers in geospatial technologies.

New Mexico employment and housing maps; Valerie Nells, SJC student.

Possible monkey preserves; Richard Immell, SJC student.

Preferred habitat of Gunnison's prairie dog; Jason Brady, SJC student.

More interesting links


Desolation canyon Landsat 7 image; source: USGS & NASA;


LiDAR Denver Stadiums source: Merrick & Co., Inc.;


El Nino, NASA; Sea surface temperature during El Nino; collected by TERRA Earth.
Source: NASA.;


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