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degree and certificate options in Geographic Information Systems Technology.
GIS students have the chance to put theory into practice through field trips to a private island in Belize, where they are using GIS technology to map the coral reef — the second longest in the world behind Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
“Our plan is to collect data on the environmental characteristics of the reef by taking two field trips a year over the next decade,” says GIS Program Coordinator Scott Sires. “We’re not trying to create an opinion of the health of the planet, but to do responsible and accurate research — and make that data available for other organizations and individuals to put into their research.”
Sires first took a group of 16 students and four faculty members to Long Key, a Caribbean island east of Belize City, over Thanksgiving break in 2009. With the goal of not only collecting data but also making students more acutely aware of the environment in a precarious ecosystem, the group set out to conduct a baseline study of the fragile reef.
On the field trips, students rotate through three survey teams to study:
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GIS faculty members have experience in their field as well as in the classroom, so they can relate to the challenges you’ll face in the workplace.
Our instructors work with you one-on-one, encouraging you and helping you to succeed in class and on the job.
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GIS courses are designed for direct entry into the workforce. However, if you are interested in earning a degree at a four-year institution, please visit the
Transfer Services website for guidance on the transfer process.
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