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Environmental Geospatial Information Science Technician

Associate of Applied Science Degree

The EHS-Environmental Geospatial Information Science Technician (ENV GIS TECH) Associate of Applied Science degree provides students with a foundation in the natural sciences and a firm understanding of geographic information systems (GIS). Students will complete courses in chemistry, soils, water resources and environmental science while developing skills in mapping and geospatial data management. General Education requirements are designed to encourage students to develop critical and creative thinking, computation, communication and technology skills. The geospatial thinking component of the program helps students develop the skills to effectively collect, map, manage, and analyze data. The foundation gained from this program will prepare students to address and mitigate complex environmental problems. Employment opportunities in this field are vast and include the energy industry, state government, and federal agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management and the National Parks.

Course NumberCourse

Credits

BIOL 1080Intro to Environmental Science

4 credits

CHEM 1000Intro to Chemistry

4 credits

CMAP 1200Computer Information Systems

3 credits

CPED 1000 OR 
ENR 2050
Co-Op Work Experience I OR Environmental Field Methods

3 credits

EHS 2500Environmental Compliance Technology

3 credits

ENGL 2002Technical Writing

3 credits

ENR 2040Environmental Regulatory Agencies

1 credit

ENR 2425Mountain Environments

4 credits

GEOG 2310Intro to Geographic Information Systems

4 credits

GEOG 2410Advanced Geographic Information Systems

4 credits

GEOG 2110 OR 
GEOG 2140
Techniques in Cartography OR Remote Sensing

4 credits

GEOG 2135Applied GPS for GIS

3 credits

GEOG 1200Geospatial Foundations

4 credits

MATH 1000Problem Solving

3 credits

PEAC 2025Wilderness Navigation

1 credit

REWM 1300Intro to Water Resources

3 credits

SOIL 2010Introduction to Soil Science

4 credits

General Education requirements provide students a general knowledge to help them complete a degree at CWC.

CourseCredits
Writing Level I3
American & Wyoming Government3
University Studies1

Certificates

The EHS Environmental GIS Technician certificate combines hands-on training in field methods and mapping with classroom instruction in environmental science. Students will exit the program with a firm foundation in the field of environmental technology and will enter the professional realm with improved technical skills and a stronger academic background. All of the courses included in the certificate program will count towards completion of an AAS in Environmental Health and Safety – Environmental GIS Technician track.

Program Requirements

Course NumberCourse

Credits

BIOL 1080Intro to Environmental Science

4 credits

ENGL 1010English Composition I

3 credits

CMAP 1200 OR 
ENGL 2002
Computer Information Systems OR Technical Writing

3 credits

ENR 2040Environmental Regulatory Agencies

1 credit

ENR 2050Environmental Field Methods

3 credits

GEOG 2310Intro to Geographic Information Systems

4 credits

GEOG 2110 OR 
GEOG 1200
Techniques in Cartography OR Geospatial Foundations

4 credits

MATH 1000Problem Solving

3 credits

PEAC 2025Wilderness Navigation

1 credit

 

General Education Requirements

CourseCredits
University Studies1 credit

 

Total Credit Hours: 31

The EHS Expedition Science Cert II combines hands-on training in environmental and archaeological field and research skills, with techniques in outdoor leadership and geospatial information science and technology (GIST). The student will learn how to map and present environmental, archaeological, and recreation-related data, and will apply mapping skills to field and wilderness-based research expeditions. The student will exit the Expedition Science Certificate II program with a firm introduction to the fields of environmental and geospatial science, and new leadership and presentation skills. Depending on course selection, the student may opt to participate in summer-long fieldwork in Archaeology and/or internships in other realms. Courses from the EHS Expedition Science certificate program can be applied towards completion of either an Associate of Science in Expedition Science and/or towards the AAS in EHS-Environmental Geospatial Information Science and Tech (ENV GIS TECH).

Program Requirements

Choose at least eighteen (18) credits from the following:

Course NumberCourse

Credits

ANTH 1210Climate Change and the Human Experience

3 credits

ANTH 1300Intro to Archaeology

3 credits

ANTH 2020Material Culture Studies

3 credits

BIOL 1080Intro to Environmental Science

4 credits

CPED 1000Co-Op Work Experience I:

3 credits

EDUC 1055Introduction to Outdoor Education

3 credits

EDUC 2470Outdoor Education Practicum

4 credits

ENR 2040Environmental Regulatory Agencies

1 credit

ENR 2050Environmental Field Methods

3 credits

ENR 2425Mountain Environments

4 credits

GEOG 1020Intro to Human Geography

3 credits

G&R 2020Mountaineering OR Wilderness Backpacking

1 – 5 credits

G&R 2030Wilderness Backpacking:

1 – 5 credits

G&R 2031Combined Expeditions:

1 – 5 credits

GEOG 2310Intro to Geographic Information Systems

4 credits

GEOG 2410Advanced Geographic Information Systems

4 credits

GEOG 2110Techniques in Cartography

4 credits

GEOG 1200Geospatial Foundations

4 credits

GEOL 1070The Earth: Its Physical Environment

4 credits

ASTR 1070The Earth: Its Physical Environment

4 credits

HLED 2010Wilderness First Responder

4 credits

MDIA 2200Electronic Media Production

3 credits

Not Applicable Any NOLS Wilderness Course

1-5 credits

PEAC 1380Outdoor Multi-Sport

1 – 3 credits

PEAC 2025Wilderness Navigation

1 credit

 

Total Credit Hours: 18

Let the adventure begin

If you have an interest in anthropology, environmental sciencegeospatial information systems technology (GIST), or outdoor education you can begin your studies and career on top of the Rocky Mountains as part of the Alpine Science Institute at Central Wyoming College.

Student on glacier

Get to know your instructor

Professor of Environmental Science and Health; Director of Instruction and Research at the Alpine Science Institute; Agriculture

Jacki Klancher has been an educator for more than 20 years. Originally from Patricia, Alberta Canada, Klancher has been at CWC for more than 10 years as a professor and she was integral in launching the Interdisciplinary Climate Change Expedition. This undergraduate research program has allowed her to integrate the classroom component of the EHS Environmental GIST and Expedition Science programs with wilderness travel and adventure.