Certificate of Completion in Geospatial Technologies

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Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Geospatial Technologies program provides a solid foundation in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) concepts, not simply GIS software. This program equips students with fundamental GIS abilities that can be applied in a variety of environments where spatial data analysis is required.

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Field of Interest
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Type
Certificate
Academic Plan
Geospatial Technologies (CER)
Academic Plan Code
5135
Total Credits Required
33-45
Catalog Year
2020-2021
Program Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.
Program is designed for students with varying skills; consult with a program director.
Depending on a student's educational experience, additional coursework may be needed to be eligible for MAT220 or MAT221.

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Identify and apply the geospatial core technologies to data collection, storage, and analysis.
  2. Identify and explain social and ethical responsibilities associated with the use of GIS as it pertains to environmental and population policies.
  3. Identify and describe the characteristics of the Earth and how it is represented on a map.
  4. Apply the appropriate representation to environmental and human-related features on a map.
  5. Apply geographic knowledge and GIS to create high quality digital and paper maps.
  6. Apply spatial analysis and geoprocessing operations on vector and raster data.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of data analysis involved in relational databases.
  8. Design, develop, and implement a spatial database to support analytical operations.
  9. Perform data management tasks (creating, querying, editing, joining, and customizing spatial and non-spatial data) as well as perform statistical analysis.
  10. Apply computer programming concepts of problem solving, data structures, and fundamental algorithms and techniques to spatial data models.

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this certificate. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

There are additional career opportunities associated with this certificate that do not have occupational data available for Arizona at this time. These occupations are listed below, with links to salary information for the United States as a whole (if available):
  • Managers, All Other
* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Pathway Map Options

There are multiple options available for this pathway map. These options vary depending on the locations, partners, and available tracks of the program.

These pathway map options may share some common coursework. To explore what additional coursework may be required, select your desired option from the list below. Once selected, the list of courses and any associated details will be automatically updated.

Additional courses that are specific to your selected option will be highlighted with a blue border. Depending on your selected option, the blue bordered courses may replace the gray bordered courses found in the other options.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
GIS205 Geographic Information Technologies Critical course Gateway course CS 3
GCU102 Introduction to Human Geography G, SB 3
CIS105 Survey of Computer Information Systems CS 3
Specialization Specialization Option 0–6

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
GIS211 Geographic Information Science I Critical course CS 4
GPH113 Introduction to Physical Geography SQ 4
Specialization Specialization Option 0–4
Specialization Specialization Option 0–4

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
GIS220 Introduction to ArcPy Scripting 3
GIS222 Geographic Information Science II 3
GCU/GPH298++ Special Projects 1–3
Specialization Specialization Option 0–4
Specialization Specialization Option 0–4

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
GCU102 Introduction to Human Geography G, SB 3
CIS105 Survey of Computer Information Systems CS 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
GPH113 Introduction to Physical Geography SQ 4
GIS205 Geographic Information Technologies Critical course Gateway course CS 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
GIS211 Geographic Information Science I Critical course CS 4
Specialization Specialization Option 0–6

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
GIS220 Introduction to ArcPy Scripting 3
Specialization Specialization Option 0–4

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
GIS222 Geographic Information Science II 3
GCU/GPH298++ Special Projects 1–3
Specialization Specialization Option 0–4

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Specialization Specialization Option 0–4
Specialization Specialization Option 0–4

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Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an academic advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Certificate of Completion in Geospatial Technologies (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm?id=151472).

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

A list of the current and previous versions of the pathway map for the Geospatial Technologies program
Catalog Year Effective Dates
2020-2021 (Current)    5/26/2020 – 5/24/2021
2019-2020 5/28/2019 – 5/25/2020
2018-2019 5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019