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Geographic Information Systems Technology Degree, AAS

Want to work with cutting-edge technology to create maps and analyze geographic data? Check out San Juan College's Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Geographic Information Systems Technology. This two-year degree explores geospatial science, which is the study of how people, places, and things relate to one another based on location.

Learn to use powerful tools like Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the Global Positioning System (GPS) to create detailed maps and visualizations. These skills are in high demand across industries, from conservation to city planning. Don't miss your chance to become an expert in this exciting and growing field. 

Why Study Geospatial Science and Learn GIS Technology?

Geospatial science is the study of how to collect, store, manage, and analyze geographic data using various tools and technologies. It involves working with maps, satellite imagery, and other geographic data to understand the world around us and make informed decisions.

By studying geospatial science, you'll learn how to use Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and other mapping technologies to create accurate and detailed maps. Your work can help solve complex problems related to the environment, public health, transportation, and more.

At San Juan College, you can earn a certificate or an associate degree in GIS technology. If you do not yet have a degree, we recommend earning the GIS Technology AAS. The well-rounded curriculum teaches critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are highly valued by employers. You can look forward to better-paying positions and quicker promotions.

Why Earn a GIS Technology Degree at San Juan College?

Real-World Training

Use the same technology used by GIS specialists in your classrooms and labs at SJC, and practice creating maps and analyzing them using the advanced GIS programs. You'll even learn how to operate a drone as part of building mapping skills. With SJC's focus on experiential learning, you'll be ready for any challenges in the field and your future career.

Internship and Cooperative Education Opportunities

We believe the best way to learn GIS technology is through real-world experience. That's why we integrate internships and fieldwork into our GIS Technology AAS program. Have the chance to intern or partner with a local organization to gain practical experience in problem-solving using GIS and GPS tools.
We also offer a Cooperative Education opportunity for students already working in the geospatial field. Your professor works with you to set and meet specific learning objectives at your workplace, enhancing your classroom learning as you gain real-world experience at your job. Your instructor and employer provide feedback so you develop the knowledge and skills to reach your career goals.

Affordable Degree Program

Because of SJC's low tuition rates, our GIS training program is a smart investment for you. Gain practical experience in and out of the classroom using the latest technologies. You may also qualify for NM Opportunity and Lottery Scholarships, through which you can get your degree tuition-free.

What You'll Learn in Your GIS Technology Courses

Your associate degree in geographic information systems technology fosters a wide range of skills to prepare you for a career in geospatial science. You'll gain hands-on experience working with GIS and GPS tools, as well as drones. Study important topics, including:

  • Cartography
  • Coordinate systems
  • Data management
  • Geographic analysis (image and spatial)
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Mapping
  • Scale

Geographic Information Systems Technology AAS Curriculum

Transfer Options

If you wish to transfer to earn a bachelor's degree in geographic information systems or a similar field, we strongly encourage you to meet with your academic advisor. They will help you choose the right classes to transfer to a four-year institution.

Previous GIS Technology degree students have transferred to:

  • New Mexico State University
  • New Mexico Technical University
  • The University of New Mexico

Learn More About the Transfer Process

Careers and Outcomes

By gaining hands-on experience and completing internships through SJC, you'll be well-prepared for a rewarding career in the geospatial industry. Because GIS technology has many applications, you can find career opportunities in many fields, including:

  • Agriculture
  • Energy
  • Environmental consulting
  • Government
  • Healthcare
  • Transportation
  • Urban planning

Job titles for GIS technology graduates include:

  • Cartographer
  • GIS analyst
  • GIS manager
  • GIS technician

Employers of SJC's GIS Technology AAS graduates include:

  • Dinetahdoo Cultural Resources Management
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Process Equipment & Service Company (PESCO)

Next Steps

You must first apply to San Juan College to enroll in the Associate of Applied Science in Geographic Information Systems Technology program. It's easy, and you can apply online at any time!

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If you are already a student at San Juan College, talk to your advisor about our GIS Technology degree program.

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Phone: (505) 566-3320

West Classroom Complex,
Room 1911

M-F 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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