Geographic Information Science, A.S.

The Geographic Information Science (GIS) non-transfer AS degree prepares students for GIS-related careers. For students currently working within these fields, there may be potential for salary and/or career advancement. In addition to the 24-30 units of Geographic Information Science courses, students must also complete all MSJC General Education Option A requirements (a total of 60 units) for the Associate of Science degree in Geographic Information Science.


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MSJC General Education Option A 

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Semester 1Units
GEOG-115 Introduction to Geographic Information Science 2
GIS-540 Introduction to sUAS (Drone) Systems 1 3
GIS-550 Introduction to sUAS (Drone) Systems Use in Remote Sensing 2 3
ENGL-101 College Composition 3
CSCR-100 College Success and Career Readiness 3
Spring Semester 1
GIS-520 Intermediate Geographic Information Science (formerly GEOG-520) 4
Python Programming - Level 1
or SQL Programming - Level 1 (formerly CSIS-114A)
MATH-140 Introduction to Statistics 3 3
ART-131 Introduction to Digital Art 3
GEOG-105 Map Interpretation and Spatial Analysis 3
Summer 1
ENVS-101 Environmental Science 3
Fall Semester 2
GIS-525 Advanced Geographic Information Science (formerly GEOG-525) 3
GIS-586 GIS for Web Applications (formerly GEOG-586) 3
PS-101 Introduction to American Government and Politics 3
GIS-583 Spatial Database Design and Management (formerly GEOG-583) 3
DIG-110 Introduction to Digital Media 3
Spring Semester 2
GEOG-111 Geography of California 3
GIS-551 Digital Imaging with sUAS (Drone) Systems I 3
GIS-580 Geospatial Information Systems Practicum I (formerly GEOG-080) 2
Water Management with GIS (formerly GEOG-584)
or GIS for Catastrophes (formerly GEOG-585)
or Digital Imaging with sUAS (Drone) Systems II
Select one of the following: 3
Ethnic Politics in America
Introduction to Chicana/o/x Studies
Introduction to Black Studies
Black History in the American Context
American Indian Literature (formerly ENGL-240)
Latinx/Chicanx Literature
Multiethnic Literature (formerly ENGL-280)
Indigenous Peoples of California
 Total Units62

Take first 8 weeks


Take second 8 weeks


AREA G (Math Competency) can be demonstrated by a high school math course at or above the level of Algebra 2 with a grade of C or better.

Note: AREA G (Math Competency) can be demonstrated by a high school math course at or above the level of Algebra 2 with a grade of C or better.

An Associate Degree in this program requires students to complete MSJC's local General Education, Option A, by fulfilling all general education areas. In addition, students must complete all major requirements and complete an overall total of 60 degree applicable units with a minimum 2.0 GPA.

Course Title Credits
MSJC General Education Option A24
Required Geographic Information Science Courses14
Geographic Information Science Electives6
Electives (as needed to reach 60 units)
Course Title Credits
Required Courses
GEOG-115Introduction to Geographic Information Science2
GIS-520Intermediate Geographic Information Science (formerly GEOG-520)4
GIS-525Advanced Geographic Information Science (formerly GEOG-525)3
GIS-540Introduction to sUAS (Drone) Systems3
GIS-550Introduction to sUAS (Drone) Systems Use in Remote Sensing3
GIS-551Digital Imaging with sUAS (Drone) Systems I3
GIS-583Spatial Database Design and Management (formerly GEOG-583)3
GIS-586GIS for Web Applications (formerly GEOG-586)3
Elective Courses
Optional Geographic Information Science Elective Courses0-6
Digital Imaging with sUAS (Drone) Systems II
Water Management with GIS (formerly GEOG-584)
GIS for Catastrophes (formerly GEOG-585)
Introduction to Digital Media
Total Units24-30

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