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Geospatial Information Science & Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Geospatial Information Science and Technology (GIST) harnesses the power of satellite imagery, 3d mapping and computer science to collect data and analyze features on the earth’s surface. Geospatial mapping is used in industries ranging from oil field development and resource exploration to monitoring and improving wildlife habitat. Anyone who has ever researched driving directions on the internet has used a geographic mapping system! This exciting and relatively new field of study prepares students to be technicians working in a range of ways – planning urban growth, designing roads, managing forests, exploring natural resources, mapping natural disasters, real estate site selection, and much more! CWC’s program is designed to encourage students to develop skills in critical and creative thinking. The program equips students with the scientific and analytical background required to work with high-tech mapping technologies to assess real world problems and provide solutions.

Virtually all of the courses in this program transfer well to either the Environment and Natural Resources program at the University of Wyoming, or (in the case of GIST courses) to the Geography Department. Specific course transfer depends upon the department students wish to enter at UW.

CourseCredits
Microcomputer Applications 3
English Composition II OR Technical Writing 3
Intro to Human Geography 3
Introduction to Geographic Info Systems 4
Advanced Geographic Information Systems 4
Techniques in Cartography 4
Geoinformation Science & Tech 4
College Algebra 4
Fundamentals of Statistics OR  Intro. Statistics/Social Sciences 4
Wilderness Navigation 1

Students must choose a minimum of four (4) credits from the following courses:

CourseCredits
Intro to Environmental Science 4
Mountain Environments 4
Mountaineering 1-5
Wilderness Backpacking 1-5
Combined Expeditions 1-5
Winter Expedition 1-5
NOLS Wind River Wilderness Course 1-5

Students must choose a minimum of seventeen (17) credits from the following courses:

CourseCredits
Geographic Information System Databases 3
Geographic Info Syst Database Apps 1
Spatial Analysis 4
Applied GPS for GIS 3
Remote Sensing 4
Geographic Info Systems and Programming 3
Capstone Project in Geographic Info System OR Co-Op Work Experience I 3

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

CourseCredits
Writing Level I 3
American & Wyoming Government 3
University Studies 1

 

Total Credit Hours: 62

Certificates

The certificate I in GIST emphasizes both the academic and technical skills required for the collection, analysis, and manipulation of geospatial data. The certificate prepares students for employment as technicians in the fields of natural resources, government, public safety, mapping and utility companies, oil and gas, health and human service, and consulting firms. Students will leave the program with both a theoretical background and hands-on skill set in the field of geospatial technologies. 

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Program Requirements

CourseCredits
Microcomputer Applications 3
English Composition I 3
Intro to Geospatial Information Systems 4
Advanced Geographic Information Systems 4
Geoinformation Science and Tech 4
Problem Solving Math or College Algebra 3-4

 Program Electives

CourseCredits
Techniques in Cartography 4
Geographic Information Systems Databases 3
GIS Database Applications  1
Spatial Analysis 4
Applied GPS for GIS 3
Remote Sensing 4
GIS and Programming 3
Capstone GIS Project or Cooperative Education 3
Wilderness Navigation 1


General Ed. Requirements

CourseCredits
University Studies 1

 

Total Credit Hours: 31-32
 

The certificate II in GIST provides an introductory foundation in the academic and technical skills required for the collection, analysis, and manipulation of geospatial data. The certificate prepares students for employment as technicians in the fields of natural resources, government, public safety, mapping and utility companies, oil and gas, health and human service, and consulting firms. Students will leave the program with a background to complement virtually any profession that requires introductory-level skills in the use and application of geospatial technologies.  

Program Requirements

CourseCredits
Intro to Geospatial Information Systems 4
Advanced Geographic Information Systems 4
Geoinformation Science and Tech 4


Program Electives

A student must choose 4 credits from the following courses:

CourseCredits
Techniques in Cartography 4
Geographic Information Systems Databases 3
GIS Database Applications  1
Spatial Analysis 4
Applied GPS for GIS 3
Remote Sensing 4
GIS and Programming 3
Capstone GIS Project 3
Cooperative Education 3

 

Total Credit Hours: 16

Get to know your instructors!

Jacki Klancher

Associate Professor of Environmental Health

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.

Let the adventure begin

If you have an interest in anthropology, environmental science, geospatial 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