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Geospatial Information Technology

GEOSPATIAL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
The purpose of the Geospatial Information Technology (GIT) Program is to provide technical skills to use geo-referenced data for the purpose of economic, educational, and social development of Native American communities. The technical skills are achieved through short, intensive courses as well as regular, trimester-long courses, and community-based demonstration projects at SIPI.

Geospatial Information Technology (GIT) takes the locations of our lives and maps them, utilizing methods and technology from Geography, Mathematics and Computer Science. SIPI’s GIT students learn skills to help them work in a variety of fields. Our students work on exercises ranging from resource management to economic development to homeland security. SIPI’s GIT program prepares students to enter the workforce and to be leaders in their communities. The GIT program also offers research internships, where students research a wide range of topics.

SIPI’s Science and Technology building houses state-of-the-art computer facilities, laboratories, and classrooms that provide an excellent teaching and learning environment for the GIT Program. Students will learn to use the latest software and equipment when learning both geographical information systems (GIS) and geographic positioning systems (GPS).
 
Students, who enjoy science and computers, can make a significant difference and have a well-paid job by choosing a career in geospatial information technology. Graduates could be a part of efforts to conserve, manage and improve resources such as wildlife, fisheries, forests, rangelands, and water, or go to work for businesses analyzing their target markets, product distribution network, or financial lending patterns. SIPI students in GIT obtain a sound academic foundation and get extensive real-world experience.

GIT graduates are well prepared to transfer their Associate of Applied Science degrees to four-year universities and complete their Bachelor of Science degrees. SIPI has transfer programs in place that help students complete the transition to their four-year school. Career opportunities for students in geospatial fields are excellent. Most graduates are employed by federal land management agencies, local tribes, or local industry.

Mission Statement
The purpose of the Geospatial Information Technology Program is to teach skills that enable students to collect, maintain, store, analyze, and present geo-referenced data. In addition to learning about the technical applications of geographic information systems (GIS) and geographic positioning systems (GPS), students will also have the opportunity to practice and build upon general education competency skills in both the classroom and internship positions. The combination of a strong foundation of GIT technical skills, as well as the opportunity to further develop general education competency skills, ensures that graduates become lifelong learners who can successfully pursue either a four-year degree or a job in the GIT field.

Associate of Applied Science Degree and Certificate Programs
The geospatial industry has been identified by the Department of Labor as a high-growth industry. In order to provide training and learning opportunities for both students new to the field as well as professionals, SIPI offers two different programs in geospatial technology: an Associate of Applied Science degree and a Certificate in GIT.

GEOSPATIAL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CERTIFICATE
The GIT Certificate Program is designed for professionals or students who may be working or studying in a field that utilizes geospatial information technology. The program provides students with education credits that can be used towards Geospatial Information Systems Professional (GISP) certification. By utilizing the summer short courses, students can complete the GIT course work in a minimal amount of time with fewer general education core competency requirements as well as fewer overall credit hours.

Goals:
The GIT certificate program will enable students to:
  • Earn credits that can be applied toward GISP certification through the Geospatial Information Systems Institute (GISP)
  • Pursue employment in the GIT field or in one of the many related fields supported by GIT including natural resources, engineering, business and renewable energy
  • Acquire professional development skills needed to enhance expertise in one of the many disciplines using GIT.

Outcomes:
  • Students will have an understanding of the principles of mapping and cartography and be able to apply that to map design, production, and interpretation.
  • Students will have knowledge of the history and development of GIS, GPS, and remote sensing technologies and understand the diversity of applications that can be addressed through the utilization of these technologies.
  • Students will be familiar with GIS and GPS software, data formats, data collection, equipment, concepts and their application.
  • Students will be able to describe the importance of GIT in various environments, understand GIT terminology and explain characteristics and components of GIT.
  • Students will have an understanding of various GIT analytical components and be able to put this into action with various projects in several disciplines including Natural Resources, Environmental Sciences, Business, Renewable Energy and governmental management issues.

GEOSPATIAL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Certificate (CIP: 45.0702B)
 
First Trimester    
ENGL 101 Composition 3
GIT 101 Digital Cartography 3
COSC 107 Computer Literacy 3
GIT 111 Introduction to GIS/GPS Technology 3
Total Credits   12
Second Trimester    
COSC 185  Database Management Systems   3
OR     
COSC 121 Introduction to Programming
MATH 120 Intermediate Algebra 3
GIT 121 Intermediate GIS/GPS Technology 3
GIT 201 Advanced GIS/GPS with Applications 3
Total Credits   12
Third Trimester    
GIT 202 Photogrammetry & Mapping 3
GIT 206 Remote Sensing 3
GIT 280 Practicum/Internship 3
Total Credits   9
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED 33
  
 
GEOSPATIAL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREE
The Associate in Applied Science degree (AAS) prepares students to enter the geospatial industry at an entry level position with a solid basic understanding of the principles and practical aspects of geospatial technology. These technologies are taught as they related to a wide range of fields, including Natural Resources, Renewable Energy, Land Management, and Business, enabling students to find employment in a variety of fields. The GIT program also prepares those students who want to pursue further education in GIT or related fields at a four-year university.
The Associate of Applied Science degree in GIT is a course of study over five trimesters designed for students who are new to the field of geospatial information technology. This program prepares students for a career in GIT by learning the workflows used in data capture, data storage, editing, analysis, and presentation. Students take a variety of classes including GIS/GPS, Photogrammetry, and Remote Sensing. Graduates of the program will be prepared to enter into either entry-level technical positions or four-year institutions for further education.

Goals:
The AAS degree program will enable students to:
 
Obtain employment in the GIT field or in one of the many related fields supported by GIT including natural resources, engineering, business, renewable energy and others that support tribes and their interests.
Pursue further education at a four-year institution in Geospatial Sciences or other fields that Geospatial Information Technologies (GIT) is used to support.
Acquire professional development skills needed to enhance expertise in one of the many disciplines using GIT.
Apply research methods to GIT projects.
 
Outcomes:
Graduates of the GIS AAS Program will be able to:
• Use the principles of mapping and cartography, and apply those to map design, production, and interpretation
• Discuss the history and development of geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS) and remote sensing technologies which comprise GIT
• Discuss Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing concepts and principles
• Use GIS and GPS software, hardware and understand their application
• Describe the importance of GIT in various environments through projects, posters, and presentations
• Conduct geospatial analysis for various projects in several disciplines including natural resources, environmental sciences, business, renewable energy and governmental management issues
• Discuss practical application of real world GIS/GPS/Remote Sensing projects
• Apply the principles of the scientific method to GIT projects

GEOSPATIAL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Associate of Applied Science Degree (CIP: 45.0702)
 
First Trimester     
ENGL 101 Composition 3
GIT 101 Digital Cartography 3
COSC 107 Computer Literacy 3
GIT 111 Introduction to GIS/GPS Technology 3
Total Credits    12
Second Trimester     
ENGL 102 Critical Reading and Writing 3
GIT 121 Advanced GIS/GPS Technology 3
MATH 121 College Algebra 3
COSC 121 Introduction to Computer Programming 3
Total Credits    12
Third Trimester     
GIT 201 Principles and Theory of GIS/GPS Applied 3
GIT 202 Photogrammetry & Mapping 3
 -  - Select from: COSC/ITCT/ENGR courses 3
 -  - Laboratory Science 4
Total Credits    13
Fourth Trimester     
GIT 203 Remote Sensing 3
COSC 185 Data Base Management Systems 3
MATH 123 Trigonometry  3
OR    
MATH 145 Statistics
 -  - Humanities/ Social Science 3
 -  - CT 1 from: COSC/ITCT/ENGR courses 3
Total Credits    15
Fifth Trimester     
GIT  280 Practicum/Internship 3
GIT  290 Special Topics in GIT 3
 -  - Laboratory Science 4
 -  - SELECT 1 from: COSC/ITCT/ENGR courses 3
Total Credits    13
TOTAL CREDITS HOURS REQUIRED   65