Geospatial Information Science and Technology (Gist)

Get the “G.I.S.T.” on the growing field of Geospatial Information Science and Technology.

Geospatial Information Science and Technology (G.I.S.T.) is used virtually everywhere. It converts remote sensing information provided by satellites and imagery into digital data. Data that helps drivers find their destinations, warns us of approaching storms, locates energy resources, tracks global warming and provides intelligence for national security. The ability to collect and analyze geospatial data is a valued skill set for businesses, urban planning, agriculture, scientific research, the military and a wide-range of organizations throughout the world.

Build the knowledge employers are looking for now.

Through classroom and computer lab experiences, you’ll learn to use specialized program software to collect, convert, and integrate geographical data into digital form. You’ll become proficient at using geospatial data to produce data layers, maps, tables and reports. Upon completion you can apply for entry-level positions such as:

  • Remote Sensing Scientist and Technologist
  • Precision Agriculture Technician
  • Mapping Technician

Fine tune your MCC associate degree studies.

A certificate in Geospatial Information Science and Technology complements a wide range of academic and career paths, including:

  • Business
  • International Business
  • Geography*
  • Geology
  • Computer Science
  • Urban Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences

Get in touch with Monroe Community College’s admissions office to learn more about the opportunities you can create with a certificate in Geospatial Information Science and Technology. Contact us at (585) 292-2200 or

*Geospatial Information Science and Technology is also offered as one of four concentration choices in the Geography A.S. program.


Certificate Program

Department:Chemistry and Geosciences

School(s): Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)

CIP Code: 45.0702
MCC Program Code: GG02
NYSED Code (BRI): 38452
NYSED Code (DCC): 38453

50% or more of this program can be completed online.

The Geospatial Information Science and Technology (GIST) Certificate is tailor-made for western New York’s regional GIST industry needs, while allowing for possible transfer opportunities to four year universities. The 24-credit Geospatial certificate program consists of eight core classes, including a capstone course. This program will provide students with the opportunity to intern and/or earn employment in the geospatial field within one year. Students also have the option of completing an A.S. degree in Geography with a concentration in Geospatial Technology by completing additional courses (see A.S. in Geography). Students who earn a GIST certificate have a wide variety of career options, including a GIS technician, cartographer, geospatial intelligence, or remote sensing analyst.

Program Learning Outcomes
1. Locate major political units important to Geography.
2. Locate physical features important to Geography.
3. Engage in the scientific process.
4. Conduct field work using mobile GIS.
5. Employ cartographic principles in the design of professional quality maps.
6. Perform basic remote sensing workflows to solve problems or answer specific questions.
7. Formulate an appropriate GIS workflow to execute geospatial problem-solving or decision-making.
8. Assess trends in point data (e.g. point density, “hot spots”, geographic center) using GIS.
9. Select an appropriate geospatial analytical method to solve a particular problem or make a particular decision.
10. Apply critical-thinking skills to solve problems.

Employment Potential
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Requirements for Program Entrance
High School diploma, GED, or equivalent.

Distribution Requirements Credit Hours
GEG 100 Physical Geography I Laboratory 1
GEG 101 Physical Geography I3
GEG 130 Digital Earth3
GEG 131 Cartography3
GEG 133 Introduction to Remote Sensing3
Total 13
GEG 102 Human Geography3
GEG 230 Spatial Analysis and GIS3
GEG 239 Capstone Course in Geospatial Technology2
Total 11-12

*PROGRAM ELECTIVES: CIS 200, CPT 101, ENG 251, GEG 135, Other elective courses must be approved by Certificate Program Director.

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