Geographic Information Science (A.S.)

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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.

GIS Internships

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.

Research Opportunities

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

Transfer Options

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.

Explore Careers

BMCC is committed to  students’ long-term success and will help you explore professional opportunities. Undecided? No problem. The college offers Career Coach for salary and employment information, job postings and a self-discovery assessment to help students find their academic and career paths. Visit Career Express to make an appointment with an advisor, search for jobs or sign-up for professional development activities with the Center for Career Development. Students can also visit the Office of Internships and Experiential Learning to gain real world experience in preparation for a four-year degree and beyond. These opportunities are available to help BMCC students build a foundation for future success.

Explore career paths for Geographic Information Science (pdf)


Required Common Core

Flexible Core3

Program Curriculum

Database Systems I
3–4 CRS.
XXX xxx
Internship or GEO Elective5
2-3 CRS.
XXX xxx
General Elective6
Total Curriculum Requirements
Total Program Requirements


  1. Students are required to take MAT 206.
  2. Students are required to take GLY 210.
  3. No more than two courses in any discipline or interdisciplinary field can be used to satisfy Flexible Core requirements.
  4. Students are required to take CSC 110.
  5. Choose from [CED 201 and CIS 325] or GEO 241.
  6. These credits can be satisfied by taking STEM variants in the Common Core.

Computer Information Systems Dept.

Fiterman Hall, Room F-0930
New York, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 220-1476

Office Hours:
9 a.m.-5 p.m