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Geographic Information Systems

Almost everything that happens, happens somewhere. How do we keep track of it all?

GIS is used to map, manage, manipulate, maintain and model spatial data. GIS is used by cities to keep track of roads, parcels and utilities. Geographers use GIS to identify and explain patterns across the land. Farmers use GIS to precisely determine and control treatment coverage on their fields. Emergency personnel use GIS to help respond more quickly and effectively to events. GIS is used by people in the health care industry, mining, forestry, real estate, Web, government, engineering, natural resources, transportation and utilities industries to solve their need to manage location based information. Some applications you may already be aware of are and National Geographic maps.

Columbus State Community College offers a 9-month certificate and a 2-year degree program in GIS. Students will be introduced to the latest technology and software in GIS, as well as provided with a strong background in the fundamental concepts that make GIS work. With these skills and knowledge graduates of the CS GIS program will be at a competitive advantage for jobs in this rapidly expanding field. Classes in GIS offer opportunities for individuals seeking career changes, continuing education and skills enhancement.

For more information, please contact the Design, Construction, and Trades Department by email at or call (614) 287-5949.