The Associate of Science (A.S.) degree in Geographic Information Science (GIS) program will teach you about the theory and applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). GIS technology is used to capture, manage, analyze and display spatial information. For example, GIS is used to find out directions and locations for traveling in applications like Google Maps, Google Earth and global positioning systems (GPS).
Maps and More
GIS connects data to a map to help us analyze and understand situations. The field of public health, for instance, uses GIS to map locations of disease outbreaks and see if they are connected to an environmental hazard. This in-demand skill is used in fields such as law enforcement, urban planning, health, conservation and many more.
Our students have interned at a variety of city and federal agencies as well as other organizations. These include:
- New York City Economic Development Corporation
- NYC Department of Transportation
- U.S. Coast Guard
- National Intelligence University
- Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA)
BMCC belongs to the IC CAE Consortium and, as a result, the US Intelligence Community Centers for Academic Excellence at Rutgers has provided us with internships specifically for students in BMCC, CCNY, NJCU and Rutgers.
GIS students are able assist faculty with research. Some recent projects include:
- Analyzing bike accidents in NYC to understand the distribution and density of accidents
- Improving assistive technology for the visually impaired, to improve their independent travel experiences
The curriculum also facilitates transfer to a senior college, such as Hunter College, with 60 credits towards the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Geography with a concentration in GIS.
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Geographic Information Science Academic Program Maps
Required Common Core
- This course introduces the design, implementation, testing, and manipulation of database management systems. The design techniques include conceptual data modeling, entity relational modeling and normalization techniques. The databases are then implemented using structured query languages. Testing strategies verify data integrity, security, and privacy. Manipulation activities include insert, update, and delete operations.
Prerequisite: CSC 110 or CSC 111 or department approval.
- This course introduces students to environmental studies with a focus on policy and management of resources. The course will examine issues pertaining to sustaining our resource base (biodiversity, food, soil, water, and energy) and how humans have impacted these key elements of the natural system. The goals of the course are to introduce students to the trends in human impact and management of the natural environment and provide a background to debates on sustainability and conservation. Prerequisite: GEO 100
- This course introduces the means by which geographers analyze the world to better understand geography and geographical processes. It teaches the students various methods for interpreting and analyzing spatial data including cartography, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing, spatial statistics and survey research.
- This course focuses on the basic principles and operation of geographic information systems (GIS). Students will study how to use computerized systems for the capture, storage, management, analysis and display of geographically referenced data and their attributes. Professional GIS software packages will be used in lab exercises to provide students with hands-on experience. Prerequisite: GIS 201 or departmental approval
- This is an advanced course on Geographic Information Science that builds upon the concepts covered in GIS 261. It starts with review of the principles and operation of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Then, it discusses the topics including geoprocessing, 3-D GIS, geostatistics, map design, map label, and map annotation. Laboratory exercises provide hands-on experience with professional GIS software. The basic programming concepts and skills in GIS application are covered. Students implement a major GIS project for a real world geography issue, which includes processes of system requirement, design, architecture, implementation, and installation.
Prerequisite: [GIS 261 and CIS 395 and (CSC 110 or CSC 111)] or departmental approval
- This course covers statistical concepts and techniques with applications. Topics include probability, random variables, the binomial distribution, the hyper-geometric distribution, measures of central tendency, the normal distribution, precision and confidence intervals, sample design and computer projects.
Prerequisite: MAT 206 or MAT 206.5
- 3 CRS.3 HRS.NULL LAB HRS.Health Problems in Urban Communities (Same as AFL 161)
- This course analyzes the relationships between economic and social factors, and the delivery of health care services in urban communities. Attention is given to community needs related to HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, mortality rates, prevention, and education. Guest lecturers and workshops are presented. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or ANT 100
- Students are required to take MAT 206.
- Students are required to take GLY 210.
- No more than two courses in any discipline or interdisciplinary field can be used to satisfy Flexible Core requirements.
- Students are required to take CSC 110.
- Choose from [CED 201 and CIS 325] or GEO 241.
- These credits can be satisfied by taking STEM variants in the Common Core.