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Geographic Information Systems

Career Studies Certificate

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Be part of an evolving field that uses cool technology to make a difference on our planet

The U.S. Department of Labor has identified geospatial technologies as one of 3 technologies that will experience incredible growth in the next decade

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Imagine your office being a city street, a glacier, maybe even a river.

Tidewater Community College’s Career Studies Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) teaches the skills needed to visualize, analyze and model systems to help companies, organizations and governments make better strategic decisions and produce dynamic maps that answer specific questions.

Your office is as dynamic as the field.

As more manufacturers and marketers realize the advantages of building geographical data into their operations, GIS technicians and specialists are becoming more integral to the workforce.

Learn in the Advanced Technology Center on the Virginia Beach Campus, which houses a high performance GIS server. All TCC faculty currently work in the field.

You can find employment in engineering and design firms, state and federal agencies, environmental firms and local government units with TCC’s Career Studies Certificate in GIS.

Go further

Apply all of the credits you earn in this program to TCC's Associate of Applied Science in Information Systems Technology.

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What does this program cost?

TCC's Career Studies Certificate in Geographic Information Systems consists of 3 semesters of part-time study, with classes held mainly on the Virginia Beach Campus.

Estimated Program Cost*:
23 credits x $185.35 per credit = $4,263.05 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Where can you go?

You can find immediate employment, and you can apply the credits you earn toward TCC’s Associate of Applied Science in Information Systems Technology.

Or, you can transfer to a four-year school to work toward your bachelor of science in geography or another related field. 

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you:

  • are an independent problem solver
  • have a basic understanding of desktop computing technology
  • have strong background in microcomputer applications, including word processing, spreadsheets, databases and operating systems. 
  • enjoy troubleshooting
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Finish this program in as few as 3 semesters

Students gain proficiency in ArcGIS software, the industry standard, through free classroom access

Evening and hybrid classes offered

Median annual salary

Jobs related to this field pay a median annual salary of $95,909*

Student success

From here to NASA

Student success

Student combines GIS classes with valuable NASA internship

* Salary estimate is provided for comparison purposes only and doesn’t constitute a promise of employment or earnings. Salaries were calculated based on related job codes and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.