Geographic Information Science Certificate

The GIS Certificate prepares students to be skilled users of GIS, able to apply their skills to careers in the area of study. 

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Begin by exploring MSJC program maps to find a career or transfer opportunities.  Program maps show the recommended sequence of courses that lead to graduation or transfer. The maps were developed by program experts to give you the skills and knowledge you need to succeed.    

  • Starting in Spring? Choose Fall Semester 1 courses.   
  • Are you a part-time student?  Start Fall Semester 1 courses and follow the course sequence.

This program provides students with focused program options. A focused program map contains courses that help students specialize in a distinct area and connects to careers.  Talk to a counselor about preparing for transfer to specific schools.

General 

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Semester 1Units
GEOG-105 Map Interpretation and Spatial Analysis 3
GEOG-115 Introduction to Geographic Information Science 3
 Units6
Spring Semester 1
GEOG-520 Intermediate Geographic Information Science (formerly GEOG-120) 3
GEOG-582 Programming for GIS (formerly GEOG-082) 3
 Units6
Fall Semester 2
GEOG-525 Advanced Geographic Information Science (formerly GEOG-125) 3
GEOG-583 Spatial Database Design and Management (formerly GEOG-083) 3
GEOG-586 GIS for Web Applications (formerly GEOG-086) 3
 Units9
 Total Units21

Fire & Safety

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Semester 1Units
GEOG-105 Map Interpretation and Spatial Analysis 3
GEOG-115 Introduction to Geographic Information Science 3
 Units6
Spring Semester 1
GEOG-520 Intermediate Geographic Information Science (formerly GEOG-120) 3
GEOG-582 Programming for GIS (formerly GEOG-082) 3
 Units6
Fall Semester 2
GEOG-525 Advanced Geographic Information Science (formerly GEOG-125) 3
GEOG-585 GIS for Catastrophes (formerly GEOG-085) 3
 Units6
 Total Units18

Water Industry

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Semester 1Units
GEOG-105 Map Interpretation and Spatial Analysis 3
GEOG-115 Introduction to Geographic Information Science 3
 Units6
Spring Semester 1
GEOG-520 Intermediate Geographic Information Science (formerly GEOG-120) 3
GEOG-582 Programming for GIS (formerly GEOG-082) 3
 Units6
Fall Semester 2
GEOG-525 Advanced Geographic Information Science (formerly GEOG-125) 3
GEOG-584 Water Management with GIS (formerly GEOG-084) 3
 Units6
 Total Units18
Course Title Credits
Required Courses
GEOG-105Map Interpretation and Spatial Analysis3
GEOG-115Introduction to Geographic Information Science3
GEOG-520Intermediate Geographic Information Science (formerly GEOG-120)3
GEOG-525Advanced Geographic Information Science (formerly GEOG-125)3
Subtotal12
Elective Courses
Elective courses are identified under the Geographic Information Science concentration area. Students must complete 6 units (any combination) under this concentration area to earn a Certificate in Geographic Information Science.6
Subtotal6
Total Units18

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  2. Search available in-demand jobs in your career areas of interest and find up-to-date salaries and education requirements. 
  3. Find the MSJC Program that connects your interests to a career.

Note: There are no guaranteed positions for students completing these programs. Education and work experience required will vary by employer. The salary and benefits for specific occupations will be dependent on work experience, education, background, and employer.

Gainful Employment Disclosures: Geographic Information Science

Gainful Employment Disclosures – 2021 

Program Name GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCE 

This program is designed to be completed in 8 months 

This program will cost $828 if completed within normal time.  There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.   

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $0 of debt.   

The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: California 

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here:  https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/ 

NOTE:  

Cost per unit $46 

Parking Permits cost $68 a year or $34 a semester  

RTA Go Pass cost $12 a year or $6 a semester  

SGA discount sticker (optional) - $14 a year or $7 a semester  

Student representation fee (optional) - $4 a year or $2 a semester  

Help a Student Fund (optional) - $4 a year or $2 a semester  

Student Health Center Fee - $44 a year or $22 a semester 

*For summer session fees and non-CA resident tuition, please see: https://www.msjc.edu/StudentServices/EnrollmentServices/Pages/What-Fees-do-I-have-to-pay.aspx