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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.

Course Number Course

Credits

CMAP 1200 Computer Information Systems

3 credits

ENGL 1020 OR
ENGL 2002
English Composition II OR Technical Writing

3 credits

ENGL 2002 Technical Writing

3 credits

GEOG 1020 Intro to Human Geography

3 credits

GEOG 2310 Intro to Geographic Information Systems

4 credits

GEOG 2410 Advanced Geographic Information Systems

4 credits

GEOG 2110 Techniques in Cartography

4 credits

GEOG 1200 Geospatial Foundations

4 credits

MATH 1400 College Algebra

4 credits

STAT 2050 OR
STAT 2070
Fundamentals of Statistics OR Intro Statistics for the Social Sciences

4 credits

PEAC 2025 Wilderness Navigation

1 credit

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

Course Number Course

Credits

BIOL 1080 Intro to Environmental Science

4 credits

ENR 2425 Mountain Environments

4 credits

G&R 2020 Mountaineering:

1 - 5 credits

G&R 2030 Wilderness Backpacking:

1 - 5 credits

G&R 2031 Combined Expeditions:

1 - 5 credits

G&R 2032 Winter Expedition:

1 - 5 credits

Not applicable  NOLS Wind River Wilderness Course

1-5 credits

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

Course Number Course

Credits

GEOG 2120 Geographic Information System Databases

3 credits

GEOG 2125 Geographic Info Syst Database Apps

1 credit

GEOG 2130 Spatial Analysis

4 credits

GEOG 2135 Applied GPS for GIS

3 credits

GEOG 2140 Remote Sensing

4 credits

GEOG 2190 Intro to Programming Geospatial Information Science and Technology

3 credits

GEOG 2395 OR 
CPED 1000
Capstone Project in Geographic Information Systems OR Co-Op Work Experience I

3 credits

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

Course Number Course

Credits

CMAP 1200 Computer Information Systems

3 credits

ENGL 1010 English Composition I

3 credits

GEOG 2310 Intro to Geographic Information Systems

4 credits

GEOG 2410 Advanced Geographic Information Systems

4 credits

GEOG 1200 Geospatial Foundations

4 credits

MATH 1000 OR
MATH 1400
Problem Solving OR College Algebra

3 credits

 Program Electives

Course Number Course

Credits

GEOG 2110 Techniques in Cartography

4 credits

GEOG 2120 Geographic Information System Databases

3 credits

GEOG 2125 Geographic Info Syst Database Apps

1 credit

GEOG 2130 Spatial Analysis

4 credits

GEOG 2135 Applied GPS for GIS

3 credits

GEOG 2140 Remote Sensing

4 credits

GEOG 2190 Intro to Programming Geospatial Information Science and Technology

3 credits

GEOG 2395 OR 
CPED 1000
Capstone Project in Geographic Information Systems OR 
Co-Op Work Experience I

3 credits

PEAC 2025 Wilderness Navigation

1 credit


General Ed. Requirements

CourseCredits
University Studies 1


Total Credit Hours: 31-32

 

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

Course Number Course

Credits

GEOG 2310 Intro to Geographic Information Systems

4 credits

GEOG 2410 Advanced Geographic Information Systems

4 credits

GEOG 1200 Geospatial Foundations

4 credits


Program Electives

A student must choose 4 credits from the following courses:

Course Number Course

Credits

GEOG 2110 Techniques in Cartography

4 credits

GEOG 2120 Geographic Information System Databases

3 credits

GEOG 2125 Geographic Info Syst Database Apps

1 credit

GEOG 2130 Spatial Analysis

4 credits

GEOG 2135 Applied GPS for GIS

3 credits

GEOG 2140 Remote Sensing

4 credits

GEOG 2190 Intro to Programming Geospatial Information Science and Technology

3 credits

GEOG 2395 Capstone Project in Geographic Information Systems

3 credits

CPED 1000 Co-Op Work Experience I

3 credits

 

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 anthropologyenvironmental 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.  

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