Get Started in the Geographic Information Systems Program

How to Get Started

Complete the admissions process and meet with an academic advisor at the college you plan to attend.


Dallas County residents pay $177 per three-hour class — that is $59 per credit hour, or just $708 for a full-semester load of 12 credit hours.

Compare that to what you’d pay elsewhere! See our tuition rates for tuition according to your place of residency.

Rising Star Program

If you are a Dallas County high school graduating senior, you may qualify for Rising Star funds to help pay for this program. The Rising Star program offers academic support services and up to $4,000 for tuition and books, if you have established financial need.

Courses Offered (Curriculum)

The catalog provides detailed information about the courses required for degree and certificate options in Geographic Information Systems Technology.

Developing Skills for Success in the Field

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:

  • Coastal health, including identifying and removing shoreline debris
  • Environmental characteristics, taking soil and water samples to gauge properties such as Ph balance, quality, conductivity and other scientific characteristics; and
  • Sea floor mapping, using sonar to perform survey transects.

Accreditation and Affiliations

Find out more about accreditation and affiliations.

Related Programs

Check out related programs in Technology and Data Systems and Computer-Based Arts.

Other Degree and Certificate Options

See a chart of degree plans by college or visit the credit programs home page.

Faculty Profiles

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. See profiles of our GIS faculty.

Links for More Information

Get more information on GIS and related associations and resources.

Transfer Information

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.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the GIS program that aren’t answered on our website, please feel free to contact us.