Associate in Applied Science in Geospatial Technologies Geospatial Technologies Track I: Technician

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Field of Interest: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

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.

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Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Career and Technical Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Geospatial Technologies (AAS)
Academic Plan Code
3108
Total Credits Required
60-77
Catalog Year
2019-2020

What You’ll Learn

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

  1. Explain the processes by which population is measured and analyzed, and identify governmental and individual policies toward population.
  2. Describe spatial and functional relationships among climates, landforms, soils, water, and plants.
  3. Identify and describe the characteristics of the earth (size, shape, movement).
  4. Explain datums, projections, and coordinate systems.
  5. Examine the purpose and application of GIS.
  6. Perform data management tasks including, creating, querying, editing, joining, and customizing spatial and non-spatial data.
  7. Produce a map from several data sources.
  8. Explain the uses of statistical data, classification, and levels of measurement.
  9. Identify Python syntax and ArcGIS error codes and messages.
  10. Add and modify geoprocessing functions.
  11. Design and implement a spatial database.
  12. Explain spatial analysis operations for vector and raster data.
  13. Design, develop, and implement a spatial analysis project.
  14. Develop and implement a map series utilizing appropriate scale and projection.
  15. Explain the fundamental physical processes behind remote sensing.
  16. Differentiate supervised vs.
  17. Use the basic elements and components of the Microsoft Access program, and analyze common database management problems related to the program.
  18. Explain concepts of problem solving, structured and object-oriented programming in Java, fundamental algorithms and techniques, and computer system concepts.
  19. Identify and explain social and ethical responsibilities associated with the use of computerized information systems.
  20. Perform the operation of differentiation and integration on functions of one variable.
  21. Utilize Object-Oriented programming concepts in Java.
  22. Demonstrate an understanding of data analysis involved in relational databases.
  23. Create a new SQL Server database.
  24. Write programs using basic data structures such as arrays, ArrayLists, and Vectors.
  25. Analyze and compare the efficiency of different searching and sorting algorithms, including algorithms that are implemented recursively.

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this program 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 program. 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.

* 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

Program Prerequisites

CIS105 Survey of Computer Information Systems 3

 

Course Sequence by Term

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

  • 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 CPD150, CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

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
CIS105 Survey of Computer Information Systems PP 3
GIS205 Geographic Information Technologies RC 3
GCU102 or
GPH111
Introduction to Human Geography or Introduction to Physical Geography Lecture RC 3–4
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
Oral Communication Any approved general education course in the Oral Communication area COM 3

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 RC 4
CIS163AA Java Programming: Level I RC 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking CR 3
GPH++ Any GPH Physical Geography course not listed under Required Course area RE 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CIS117DM Microsoft Access: Database Management RC 3
GIS223 Introduction to Digital Image Processing RC 4
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
Humanities and Fine Arts Any approved general education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design area HUM 3
Mathematics Any approved general education course in the Mathematics area if Track I is selected or Met by Math courses in the Program Prerequisites area if Track II or Track III is selected MA 3–5

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
GIS222 Geographic Information Science II RC 3
GIS220 Introduction to ArcPy Scripting RC 3
GCU298++ or
GPH298++
GCU298++ or GPH298++ RC
Natural Science Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences area NS 4
Social & Behavioral Sciences Any approved general education course in the Social-Behavioral Sciences area SB 3
GPH++ Any GPH Physical Geography course not listed under Required Course area RE 4

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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 advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Applied Science in Geospatial Technologies (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=67511).

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 Track I: Technician program
Catalog Year Effective Dates
2019-2020 Current
2018-2019 5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019