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Geography and Geographic Information Science



A.A.-T in Geography for Transfer
(using General Education Requirements Option B or C)


A.S. in Geographic Information Science
(with General Education Requirements Option A)


Certificate in Geographic Information Science

Employment Concentration Certificate(s)

Geographic Information Science

Take Introduction to Geographic Information Science online this spring!

GIS students at computer

San Jacinto Campus
(951) 487-MSJC (6752)

Menifee Valley Campus
(951) 672-MSJC (6752)

Cindy Nance, Ph.D. (951) 639-5540

Geographic Information Science
Emina Sulych, GISP

Program Description

The A.A.-T in Geography transfers to a four-year college and prepares students for a future in a field related to Geography. The Geographic Information Science (GIS) non-transfer Certificate and AS degree prepares students for GIS related careers which are enhanced by completion of a bachelor or graduate program. For students currently working within these fields there may be potential for salary and/or career advancement.

From local to global scales, geographers study political organization, transportation systems, marketing, economics, climate and weather, urban planning, land use development, globalization, and more. They examine distribution of land forms, study soils and vegetation, analyze limited resources such as water, and human impacts on the surface of the planet. In general, geographers work in government research, public agencies, and are environmental consultants for nonprofit organizations.

Geographic Information Science (GIS) involves basic to advanced analysis and scientific research methods for identifying patterns, trends and relationships that are represented spatially and temporally on maps, large databases, reports and animations. Recent advancements make it possible to analyze, interact and produce maps using cloud technology. Students enrolled in our GIS courses online have the advantage of learning advanced communication and mapmaking skills that prepare them for a career in GIS, anywhere.