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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

 

Why study Geographic Information Systems (GIS)?

Tech-driven, data-oriented, and often artful in its presentation, the field of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) encompasses the studies of geography and real-time information. With training in computer mapping and an emphasis on analyzing information, students of COCC's GIS and Geospatial Science program learn how to capture, interpret and display geographic data from the world around them. Instructors with industry experience teach the latest technology offerings — ranging from drones to web mapping — in both the Associate of Applied Science degree and one-year certificate programs, equipping students for diverse, well-paying careers that include urban planning, public health, forestry, trail mapping, academic research, historic preservation, and real estate. Students pursuing the Associate of Science in Geospatial Science will be prepared to transfer into Oregon State University's bachelor's degree program. 

"It was clear that every teacher definitely loves what they do" — Levi Roberts, GIS graduate and GIS Manager for Crook County.

"The passion for their jobs was always inspiring to me," says alumnus Levi Roberts, reflecting on his instructors at COCC. "It was clear that every teacher definitely loves what they do." Now the GIS manager for Crook County, where he works on projects ranging from mapping sage grouse habitat to merging data for transportation plans, Roberts continues to come across that same zeal. "I've seen that same passion in my career as I've met other GIS professionals."

GIS is all about translating real-time events into real-world data that can support decision-makers across industries. COCC's GIS programs are ideal for computer and technology enthusiasts, gamers, outdoorsy types, visual storytellers, and professionals looking to add a skill set.

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PROGRAMS

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) provides students with a way to understand the world. By learning computer-mapping science and technology, students will be able to apply these concepts and skills to fields such as environmental science, urban and regional planning, utilities management, and natural resources.

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World Languages & Cultures
541-383-7703
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Patrick Kennelly
GIS Program Director
Instructor GIS
pkennelly@cocc.edu

Murray Godfrey
Chair of World Languages & Cultures
Associate Professor History
541-318-3734
mgodfrey@cocc.edu 

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