Associate in Applied Science Degree

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This program is for persons entering the diverse field of geospatial technology.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a powerful computer mapping application that involves storing, editing, analyzing and viewing geospatial data. Geospatial techology is used in various industries, including transportation, environmental studies, utilities planning, asset management, surveying, urban planning and management, epidemiology an dhealth care, engineering, marketing, fleet dispatching and homeland security. Geospatial technology incorporates remote sensing, global postioning systems and GIS 

  • Emphasis is on field and laboratory experience in addition to theory including topics using ArcGIS Global Positioning Systems, Remote Sensing, and database development.

Goal 1. The graduate is proficient with common applications geospatial technology

  • The student will demonstrate the ability to produce several types of maps using GIS software.

Goal 2. The graduate will enter the field of geospatial technology

  • The graduate will enter a career related to the geospatial technology field within three years of graduation.

Goal 3. The graduate will complete maps using standard GIS techniques

  • The student will demonstrate the use of standard GIS drawing methods to prepare a variety of technical drawings.

Goal 4. The graduate will successfully interact with others through drawings and other technical means.

  • The student will prepare maps drawings based on generally accepted national and international standards.
  • The student will demonstrate the use of universal technical concepts (e.g. mathematics, Newtonian mechanics).

Goal 5. The graduate will communicate effectively

  • The student will demonstrate the ability to clearly describe GIS drawings and techniques in an oral presentation.
  • The student will demonstrate the ability to gather information needed for maps using the internet.

Goal 6. The graduate will quantitatively analyze common GIS problems.

  • The student will demonstrate quantitative skills directly applicable to common GIS and technical problems.

Goal 7. To prepare students to demonstrate information literacy

  • Students will use traditional and contemporary information technology.
  • Students will identify, access, and appropriately use authoritative sources of information.


Total Credit Hours: 64

First Semester

This course is an opportunity for students to develop the skills necessary to be successful in college. Students learn the importance of the faculty-student and advisor-advisee relationship, develop time management techniques, apply effective study skill techniques, recognize the implications of living in a diverse society, utilize college resources, and explore career and transfer requirements. Collaborative projects are included. Students matriculated in a degree program must take this course in their first term of study.

EN101 English 1: Composition C-3 Cr-3

This course focuses on several kinds of writing-self-expressive, informative, and argumentative/persuasive, and others. A minimum of five essay compositions are required. The course emphasizes the composition of clear, correct, and effective prose required in a variety of professions and occupations. Prerequisites: Appropriate high school GPA or placement test score or EN090 Basic Writing Skills or SL116 ESL4: Advanced Composition or SL145 ESOL Advanced Composition

This course introduces surveying, and includes the topics in the care and use of surveying instruments, field note procedures, land surveying, topographic surveying, construction surveying, and mapping from field notes. Fieldwork includes the use of measurement equipment, levels, transits, the odolites, total stations, and Global Positioning System (GPS). Corequisite: MA121 Fundamentals of College Mathematics 1.

This course introduces the techniques and concepts of GIS. The mapping software package ArcGIS is used to display, analyze, and query spatial data sets. Topics include coordinate systems/datums, symbology, classifications, digital imagery, and global positioning systems. (Fall semester)

This course provides knowledge of relevant computer skills and a solid foundation in the terminology and concepts of computer technology. Experience is provided with a variety of microcomputer software applications, including word processing, electronic spreadsheets, graphics, file management, and integrated software. Concepts and terms focus on preparing for a technologically oriented society and using the computer as a tool for productivity, research, and communication.

This is the first of a two-course sequence for students in programs that require mathematics through polynomial calculus. Algebraic manipulations, graphing skills and problem solving are emphasized. Topics include systems of linear equations including Cramer’s Rule, quadratic equations, variation, factoring and fractions, vectors and oblique triangles, and an introduction to trigonometry and applications. Prerequisite: Appropriate high school GPA or placement test score or MA115 Intermediate Mathematics.

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Second Semester

This course encourages a deeper understanding of human nature and the human condition through the study of ideas and values expressed in imaginative literature. Emphasis is placed on the use and development of critical thinking and language skills. Library-oriented research is required. Prerequisite: EN101 English 1: Composition or EN105 English Composition for Speakers of Other Languages or EN106 English 1: Composition & Reading.

This course covers remote sensing along with metric analysis and interpretation of digital images. Photo interpretations and digital image analysis include satellite and aerial platforms. Topics include concepts and theories of geographic information systems and traditional photogrammetry. Prerequisite: CT151 Surveying 1 or CT265 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems.

This course introduces the geographical and demographic attributes of the world, such as environment, cultural differences, ethnic make-up, and diversity. Emphasis is placed on developing a more global outlook on the emerging world community.

This course expands the knowledge of those already familiar with the basic elements of electronic spreadsheets. It examines the various uses for a spreadsheet in business. Intermediate and advanced spreadsheet techniques are examined, including the power of functions, formatting, analytical graphics, and macros. Prerequisites: IS101 Computers and Society or IS100 Introduction to Computers and Society.

This course introduces probability and statistics. Topics include graphs, tables, frequency distributions, measures of central tendency and dispersion, normal distribution, correlation and regression, probability, and inferential statistics. This course is available in two formats: lecture only, or lecture plus laboratory using technology. Prerequisite: Appropriate high school GPA or placement test score or MA089 Arithmetic.

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Third Semester

This course introduces engineering field surveys, equipment, and methods. Topics include azimuth determination, control and level nets, surveying with data recording total stations, and position determination with Global Positioning Systems (GPS), including computer exposure for data reductions. Prerequisite: CT151 Surveying 1.

This course focuses on advanced topics and applications in analyzing and visualizing geospatial data. Topics include spatial modeling, advanced editing, geodatabase creation, and three-dimensional modeling. Prerequisite: CT265 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems.

This course will introduce students to basic database concepts. The course will focus on designing and structuring databases to meet the objectives of management. Students will use a database management system to complete an in-depth exploration of query capabilities and report generation. The student will learn the creation and management of a working database from the ground up. When the student completes this course, they will have the ability to create tables, queries, forms, and reports within database software and understand the role of a database within a business setting.

This course includes both basic technical drawing techniques and MicroStation CAD to support engineering design. Topics include line types, dimensioning, scaling, auxiliary views, sectioning, and notations. This course also introduces the use of MicroStation software. Topics include operational concepts; main palette use; projecting elements; entity construction and editing; entity manipulations; and text and dimensioning parameters.

This course provides the foundation and problem-solving skills necessary to develop and interpret engineering drawings using the computer-aided drafting software (AutoCAD). Topics include assembly and detail drawing composition; design for assembly/manufacturing (DFA/DFM); geometric dimensioning and tolerancing; tolerance control and standard fits; fasteners; gearing; sheet metal developments; weldments; functional drafting techniques; and the development of 2-D and 3-D CAD generated drawings and system operations.

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Fourth Semester

This course covers basic practices in hydraulics and hydrology, as well as environmental topics encountered in the civil engineering field. Prerequisites: MA121 Fundamentals of College Mathematics 1 and CT151 Surveying 1.

This independent study capstone course involves the creation of a project using GIS. Proposals must have instructor approval. Projects incorporate collecting GPS data, building an attribute geo-database, and are completed using ArcGIS software. Final presentations are required, which explain data collection techniques, analysis, and project success. Prerequisite: CT265 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS). (Spring semester)

This course explores the composition and formation of minerals and rocks that make up the Earth. Additionally, the primary surface and subsurface properties that continually shape the Earth are discussed. In the laboratory, the common rock-forming minerals as well as igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks are examined. Additionally, the concepts of surface and groundwater flow are discussed as well as topographic map interpretation and construction. Field trips may be taken during laboratory periods.

This course introduces event-driven programming for a better appreciation of Windows applications used in the business world. Controls, properties, and code are used to develop applications to solve business problems. Topics include decision-making statements, loops, multiple forms, and graphical displays. Prerequisites: IS200 Spreadsheet Concepts & Applications, and IS210 Database Design & Management.

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