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Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Geospatial Technologies
Major: 3108
First Term: 2011 Fall    Final Term: Current
Award: AAS
Total Credits: 60
CIPS Code: 45.0701
Initiating College: Mesa Community College
Program Availability: College-Specific
Occupational Area: Environmental Technology
Instructional Council: Geography (30)
GPA: 2.00

Detailed Program Information

Description: The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Geospatial Technologies prepares students for entry level positions within the field of Geographic Information Systems. The Geospatial Technologies program will also provide students with the educational foundation necessary for a four-year degree. A Certificate of Completion (CCL) is also available.

Program Notes:
Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses within the program.
Program is designed for students with varying skills consult with program director.
+ indicates course has prerequisites and/or corequisites.
++ indicates any module.

Program Prerequisites
 Credits: 0-8
The credit hour range is subject to change depending on the student's educational experiences and track selected.
Track I User/Analyst:
Track II Developer:
 MAT120Intermediate Algebra (5) OR 
 MAT121Intermediate Algebra (4) OR 
 MAT122Intermediate Algebra (3) OR 
  Satisfactory score on District placement exam.0-5
Track III Transfer Emphasis:
 MAT150College Algebra/Functions (5) OR 
 MAT151College Algebra/Functions (4) OR 
 MAT152College Algebra/Functions (3) AND 
 MAT182Plane Trigonometry (3) OR 
 MAT187Precalculus (5) OR 
  Satisfactory score on District placement exam0-8
Required Courses
 Credits: 25-33
 GCU102Introduction to Human Geography (3) OR 
 GPH111Introduction to Physical Geography (4) OR 
 GPH230Spatial Database I (3)3-4
+GPH219Introduction to GIS Using ArcGIS3
+GPH220Intermediate GIS Using ArcGIS3
 GPH270Introduction to Cartography and Geospatial Technologies3
+GCU/GPH298++Special Projects (any suffixed course)1-3
Students must select one of three (3) tracks.
Track I: User/AnalystCredits: 12
 CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems3
 BPC/CIS117DMMicrosoft Access: Database Management3
+CIS159Visual Basic Programming I3
+GPH273Advanced GIS Using ArcGIS (3) OR 
 GPH275Introduction to Remote Sensing(3)3
Track II: DeveloperCredits: 14
 BPC/CIS117DMMicrosoft Access: Database Management3
+CSC110ABIntroduction to Computer Science (Java)4
 CSC181ABApplied Problem Solving with Visual Basic4
+GPH273Advanced GIS Using ArcGIS (3) OR 
 GPH275Introduction to Remote Sensing (3)3
Track III: Transfer EmphasisCredits: 17
+CSC110ABIntroduction to Computer Science (Java)4
 CSC181ABApplied Problem Solving with Visual Basic4
+CSC200ABPrinciples of Computer Science (Java)4
+MAT220Calculus with Analytic Geometry I5
Restricted Electives
 Credits: 2-8
 GPH+++++Any GPH Physical Geography course(s) not listed under Required Course area2-8
General Education Requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 25-27
General Education CoreCredits: 15-17
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
 ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR 
 ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND 
 ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR 
 ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
 Any approved general education course in the Oral Communication area3
Critical ReadingCredits: 3
 Any approved general education course in the Critical Reading area3
MathematicsCredits: 3-5
 Any approved general education course from the Mathematics area3-5
General Education DistributionCredits: 10
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
 Any approved general education course from the Humanities and Fine Arts area3
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
 Any approved general education course from the Social and Behavioral Sciences area3
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
 Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area4

Program Competencies
1.Identify the technology of geographic information systems, including system components, database concepts, applications, and implementation. (GPH220)
2.Use desktop Geographic Information Systems technology using ArcView software. (GPH219)
3.Interpret various types of maps and map projections, and trace the history of mapping; describe other geographic technologies, including remote sensing, Global Positioning System, Geographic Information System, and statistical analysis. (GPH270)
4.Explain computer information systems, computer concepts, microcomputer applications, and programming techniques. (CIS105)
5.Use the basic elements and components of the Microsoft Access program, and analyze common database management problems related to the program. (BPC/CIS117DM)
6.Write, debug, document, and run programs to solve a variety of business problems using Visual BASIC. (CIS159)
7.Demonstrate advanced techniques in Geographic Information Systems using ArcView, including 3-D Analyst, Network Analyst, Spatial Analyst, and Avenue Programming. (GPH273)
8.Contribute to independent research related to uses of Geographic Information Systems. (GPH298++)
9.Explain concepts of problem solving, structured and object-oriented programming in Java, fundamental algorithms and techniques, and computer system concepts; identify and explain social and ethical responsibilities associated with the use of computerized information systems. (CSC110AB)
10.Explain the concepts of systematic definition of problems, solution formulation, and testing; use Visual BASIC programming language to solve problems in mathematics, science, and business. (CSC181AB)
11.Explain fundamental concepts of computer science, including software development, data organization, machine architecture, algorithmic machines, and ethics in computing; perform programming in Java. (CSC200AB)
12.Perform the operation of differentiation and integration on functions of one variable. (MAT220)
13.Explain basic photogrammetric techniques for processing satellite imagery. (GPH275)
14.Identify the systematic study of human use of the earth. (GCU102)
15.Describe spatial and functional relationships among climates, landforms, soils, water, and plants. (GPH111)
16.Identify and model spatial data within a relational database management system. (GPH230)

All information published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.