GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS A.S.

The associate in science degree program in GIS prepares graduates to continue their studies toward a bachelor’s degree in Geographic Information Systems, or in related majors such as geographic information technology, resources management, geography, urban planning, and environmental science. Although it is a transfer program, students acquire skills that qualify them to pursue career opportunities after completion of the degree.

For more information about this program contact:

Abu Badruddin
315-294-8610
badruddin@cayuga-cc.edu

The following website has additional details on our GIS program:
http://www.cayuga-cc.edu/gis/

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Have a basic understanding of concepts, components, structures, and functionalities of GISs
  • Be able to use common GIS techniques to collect, analyze, process, and present spatial or geographic data.
  • Be able to use Global Positioning System, remotely sensed data, and other online GIS data sources for spatial analysis and mapping
  • Have the knowledge and skills necessary for using commercially available GIS software and seeking entry level position in GIS related industries.
  • Be able to transfer to a four-year B.S. program at participating colleges.

CAREER POSSIBILITIES

Upon successful completion of the A.S. program, students will have the skills required to pursue career opportunities at companies using GIS, GPS, and remote sensing technologies, or they could qualify to transfer directly to a four-year program at a participating university for a bachelor’s degree.

TRANSFER INFORMATION

Cayuga has an articulation agreement in GIS with SUNY College at Cortland, as well as an articulation agreement with SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse for transfer into either Environmental Science or Natural Resources Management. For these and other transfer institutions, students should contact their advisor and/or a transfer counselor in the Centers for Student Engagement and Academic Advisement for more information. Early consultation to plan the most appropriate course sequence will optimize transferability.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

COURSES CREDIT HOURS
FIRST SEMESTER
CS 120 Foundations of Computer Science 3
MATH 102 College Algebra and Trigonometry (or higher) * 3
ENGL 101 Freshman English I 3
BUS 225 Microcomputer Application Software 3
GIS 111 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3
Physical Education 1
16
SECOND SEMESTER
GIS 121 Remote Sensing and Aerial Photogrammetry 3
GIS 122 Spatial Modeling with Raster GIS 3
CS Elective ** CS 200 or higher 3
Math/Science Elective 3
ENGL 102 Freshman English II 3
Health 1
16
THIRD SEMESTER
GEOL 110 Physical Geology 4
GIS 205 Introduction to Vector GIS 3
BIOL 103
OR
BIOL 105
Biological Principles
OR
Botany
4
HIST 101 Western Civilization 3
Other Civilizations or the Arts Elective 3
17
FOURTH SEMESTER
GIS 220 Advanced GIS 3
GIS 222 GIS Programming 3
History Elective (HIST 101, 104 or 105) 3
ECON 201
OR
202
Introduction to Economics I
OR
Introduction to Economics II
3
Elective 3
15
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 64

* Math 112, 115, or 116 will not fulfill Math requirement.
** The following will fulfill this requirement: CS 200 or higher