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Geographic Information Systems are computer based information systems to help us quickly understand the answer to the question WHERE? WHERE is the closest ? WHERE is the longest ? WHERE is the largest ? WHERE is the coldest ? WHERE do people live? WHERE are the natural resources ? WHERE are the environmental dangers ?

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GIS is software, hardware, data, people, and events all described in a real conceptual surface we call geographic information systems.

ƒƒ Highly qualified instructors dedicated to teaching

At http://www.gis.com/whatisgis/index.html you’ll find a good description of GIS from ESRI, one of the GIS software vendors whose products we teach at FRCC.

ƒƒ Convenience by presenting classes in the day, evening and weekends to meet your busy schedule

A geographic information system (GIS) integrates hardware, software, and data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information.

ƒƒ Small class sizes allowing personal attention

ƒƒ A campus community where you can flourish ƒƒ And personal services designed to help you feel right at home

GIS allows us to view, understand, question, interpret, and visualize data in many ways that reveal relationships, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports, and charts. A GIS helps you answer questions and solve problems by looking at your data in a way that is quickly understood and easily shared. GIS technology can be integrated into any enterprise information system framework, and is one of 3 technologies identified by the Department of Labor as a 21st Century emerging technology.

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What is GIS

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A GIS can be viewed in three ways:

Front Range Community College GIS Certificate graduates go to work doing:

1. The Database View: A GIS is a unique kind of database of the world—a geographic database (geodatabase). It is an “Information System for Geography.” A GIS is based on a structured database that describes the world in geographic terms. 2. The Map View: A GIS is a set of intelligent maps and other views that show features and feature relationships on the earth’s surface. Maps of the underlying geographic information can be constructed and used as “windows into the database” to support queries, analysis, and editing of the information. 3. The Model View: A GIS is a set of information transformation tools that derive new geographic datasets from existing datasets. These geoprocessing functions take information from existing datasets, apply analytic functions, and write results into new derived datasets. By combining data and applying some analytic rules, you can create a model that helps answer the question you have posed. GIS models play an integral part in finding solutions for the recurring issues we face: the need for renewable energy, hurricane tracking, determining demographics, security, defense , and natural resource management. Together, these three views are critical parts of an intelligent GIS and are used at varying levels in all GIS applications.

ƒƒ GIS software sales ƒƒ Satellite imaging ƒƒ Enterprise computer hardware and software ƒƒ City, County and State government agencies

GIS Certificate

ƒƒ Federal agencies (NOAA, FEMA, BLM, USGS, USFS)

Required Courses:

ƒƒ Health care

ƒƒ Fire protection companies like Redzone

ƒƒ GIS 110 Cartography

ƒƒ Emergency services

ƒƒ GIS 101 Introduction to GIS

ƒƒ Environmental Science

ƒƒ GIS 210 Intermediate GIS

ƒƒ Natural Resources

ƒƒ ENG 131 Technical Writing OR

ƒƒ Land Use Planning

ƒƒ BUS 217 Report Writing

ƒƒ Civil Engineering

ƒƒ GIS 212 Remote Sensing OR

ƒƒ Renewable Energy

ƒƒ GIS 221 Community Assessment

ƒƒ Surface and Ground Water Management

In addition students must complete at least 6 credits (two courses) from any of the following: ƒƒ GIS 165 Project Management ƒƒ GIS 150 Data Base Management ƒƒ GIS 205 Business Applications ƒƒ GIS 211 Spatial Data Modeling ƒƒ GIS 280 Internship Because GIS is a technology-based program, basic skills in computer operations and mathematics are necessary to succeed. Although not required, we recommend students begin the program with skills that are taught in the following courses: ƒƒ CIS 118 Microcomputer Applications ƒƒ MAT 114 General Math for College ƒƒ MAT 135 Introduction to Statistics

ƒƒ Wildlife Conservation ƒƒ Strategic Decision Support ƒƒ Front Range Community College GIS Certificate graduates find work in a strong Colorado network of GIS technologies and applications.


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