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Geographic Information Systems, less than 1 year certificate

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Why choose Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at PCC?

Portland Community College’s GIS program combines cartography (mapmaking), spatial analysis, and data management to support research and inform decision making. The Geography department at PCC offers a one-year GIS certificate that combines GIS concepts, technology, and real-world experience.

The Oregon Employment Department forecasts Portland area job opportunities for GIS-skilled geographers will grow 34.4% through 2027.

Award information

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Certificate: Geographic Information SystemsLess than 1 year

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What will you learn?

The GIS certificate prepares you to apply GIS with a solid theoretical foundation. A diverse range of GIS skills are covered including:

  • Cartography
  • Data capture
  • Modeling
  • Spatial and statistical analysis

PCC’s GIS classes use a practical, hands-on approach. You will not only learn how to use specific software, you will apply GIS using a variety of projects and methodologies. You will learn how to plan, design, and execute GIS projects through a combination of lab exercises, individual projects, and a community-based, collaborative long-term project.

What will you do?

GIS skills apply to a range of occupations including:

  • Cartographer
  • Geographer
  • Geoscientist
  • Environmental Scientist and Protection Technician
  • Photogrammetrists
  • Surveying and Mapping Technicians
  • Urban and Regional Planner
Student work examples
student map sample: bird habitatstudent map sample: bird species conservationstudent map sample: friends of trees plantingsstudent map sample: gabriel park featuresstudent map sample: yellow line max and house valuesstudent map sample: emergency response access pointsstudent map sample: roller derby teamsstudent map sample: national basketball association teamsstudent map sample: major league baseball teamsstudent map sample: national football league teams

Courses

Course listing for the 2020-2021 catalog year.

Plan of Study Grid
First TermCredits
GEO 170 Maps and Geospatial Concepts 4
GEO 265 Introduction to GIS (Geographical Information Systems) 4
GIS Elective 4
Geography Elective 4
Second Term
GEO 266 GIS Analysis 4
GIS Elective 8
Technical Elective 4
Third Term
GEO 267 Application Topics in Geographic Information Systems 4
GEO 270 Creating a Map Portfolio 1
GIS Elective 4
 Total Credits41

GIS yearly course schedule

Fall
Fall GIS course offerings by campus
Course Title Sylvania Rock Creek Southeast
Geo 170 Maps & Geospatial Concepts x
Geo 221 Field Geography: The Local Landscape x
Geo 223 Field Geography: GPS & GIS x
Geo 265 Introduction to GIS x x
Geo 266 GIS Analysis x
Geo 280A Cooperative Education x
Winter
Winter GIS course offerings by campus
Course Title Sylvania Rock Creek Southeast
Geo 170 Maps & Geospatial Concepts x
Geo 240 Cartographic Principles & Applications x
Geo 246 Remote Sensing & Image Analysis x
Geo 248 UAS Concepts, Operations & Application x
Geo 265 Introduction to GIS x
Geo 266 GIS Analysis x
Geo 280A Cooperative Education x
Spring
Spring GIS course offerings by campus
Course Title Sylvania Rock Creek Southeast
Geo 170 Maps & Geospatial Concepts x
Geo 242 GIS Programming x
Geo 244 Interactive Map Design x
Geo 252 UAS Data Integration & Interpretation x
Geo 265 Introduction to GIS x
Geo 266 GIS Analysis x
Geo 267 Applications in GIS x
Geo 270 Creating a Map Portfolio x
Geo 280A Cooperative Education x
Summer
Summer GIS course offerings by campus
Course Title Sylvania Rock Creek Southeast
Geo 170 Maps & Geospatial Concepts x
Geo 223 Field Geography: GPS & GIS x
Geo 265 Introduction to GIS x
Geo 280A Cooperative Education x

Transfer to a bachelor’s degree program

Oregon Universities that have a 4-year degree in Geography or GIS:

  • Portland State University
  • Oregon State University
  • University of Oregon
  • Oregon Institute of Technology
  • Western Oregon University
  • Southern Oregon University

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