Geographic Information Systems Specialist
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(The GIS program has been deactivated, effective Spring 2014 no new students will be admitted into the program.)

Program Description

The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Certificate Program is designed to prepare students with the geospatial, mapping and technology skills and concepts required for GIS Technician positions in a variety of applications and fields. The program also prepares students to continue in more advanced GIS and geospatial programs. GIS is a mapping and spatial database technology used in a broad spectrum of career and research fields outside the traditional bounds of geography; police departments, businesses, health care planning, transportation management and local governments use GIS to manage and analyze spatial data. GIS technology is a relatively new addition to information systems technology with strong projected job growth both locally and nationally.

GIS technicians are trained to work with GIS software and databases to perform some of the following functions:

  • manage and update spatial databases;
  • organize and present spatial data- usually in the form of a digital map-for use by decision makers;
  • create specific applications for non-GIS-trained users; and
  • perform spatial analysis on GIS data and make recommendations to decision makers based on the results of the analysis.

The GIS Certificate Program consists of a core of required GIS courses that allow students to develop skills in the latest geospatial technology in a hands-on learning environment. As students progress through the core courses, real GIS projects are explored to demonstrate how geospatial technologies are applied to solve problems in real situations. Students may opt to participate in an internship program to for experience in performing GIS tasks similar to what would be expected in a GIS technician job.

Additional GIS coursework requirements are flexible to allow students to create a background in areas that will complement their work in GIS. Students may also combine the GIS certificate program with a variety of associate degree programs at ECC. For example, students may want to add the GIS certificate to their regular program in Business, Criminal Justice, Environmental Science, or Social Science.

Degree: Certificate
Hegis: 5399
Curriculum Code: 1470
Campus Location: North and Distance
Liberal Arts Division

Available at:
North and Distance

Pre-Admission Recommendations:
HS or HSE Diploma

Career Opportunities/Further Education:
GIS Technician


Did You Know?

A significant number of courses have been renumbered as part of the State University of New York's policies which promote student mobility, through transfer of academic credit, to other SUNY institutions. All courses should be numbered at the 100-200 levels. The Listing Reference contains both the old and new numbers which should aid students in their choice of courses.


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