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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Associate of Science

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) uses computer software to view, manage and analyze spatial relationships and model spatial processes. Students are expected to understand fundamental computer operations and concepts before enrolling in GIS courses.

NOVA students who enroll in the Associate of Science Degree with a Geospatial Specialization will develop a framework of knowledge in spatial analysis, cartography, information technology, database management and other disciplines supporting GIS. Students will gain hands-on experience through projects and will develop individual student GIS portfolios. This is a two year transferable degree.

Geospatial Specialization Advising Sheet

Certificate Program

Geographic Information System (GIS) includes computer software used to view and manage information about geographic places, analyze spatial relationships and model spatial processes. Students are expected to understand fundamental computer operations and concepts before enrolling in GIS courses.

NOVA students who complete their Career Studies Certificate in GIS will develop a framework of knowledge in spatial analysis, cartography, information technology, database management and other disciplines supporting GIS. Students will gain hands-on experience (including development of individual student GIS portfolios) and real-world work experience through GIS internships. Students already holding baccalaureate or master’s degrees will acquire the required skills and knowledge to help switch careers, or to relate spatial analysis in their present workplaces.

The career studies certificate requires a minimum of 28 credits. A minimum grade of "C“ for each class is required.

GIS Career Studies Certificate

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