The Less Than One Year Certificate of Completion Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can be completed in less than one year and will give students the basic knowledge and skills to be employed in an entry-level position in the GIS field. GIS has an advantage in that it is applicable to an array of career paths, including forestry, natural resources, planning, or real estate, just to mention a few.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 34 credit hours with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. All courses in this program must be completed with a 'C' or better. One course must be completed at Southwestern before the Less Than One Year Certificate of Completion Geographical Information Systems is awarded.

Complete the graduation application process one term prior to the term of completion (e.g., spring term graduates must apply during winter term).

Pre-Program Courses

Students are required to take the following courses prior to the program courses, depending on students' college placement information. See advisor for details:

CIS90Computer Basics (or demonstrate proficiency)2
MTH20Basic Mathematics4
WR90Paragraph Fundamentals (or placement in higher writing course)3-4
or WR90R Academic Literacy

Program Guide

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
CIS125S Spreadsheet Applications 3
GEOG265 Intro to Geographical Info Systems 3
MTH98 Math Literacy (or higher) 4
CIS125DB Database Applications 3
F222A Elementary Forest Surveying 4
FE209 Forest Photogrammetry & Intro to 4
GEOG270 Adv Topics in Geog Info Systems 3
BA285 Human Relations in Organizations 3
GEOG275 Fundamentals of Cartography 3
GEOG277 GIS Capstone 1
WR115 Introduction to Expository Writing (or higher) 3
 Total Credits34

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program the student will be able to:

  • Discuss the benefits and applications of GIS and Cartographic technology
  • Demonstrate skills in geographic information systems and cartographic design
  • Plan and carry out GIS analyses independently
  • Design, build, and use spatial databases