Geospatial Technology

The Geospatial Technology curriculum provides a broad background in Geographic Information System (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS) technologies with practical applications in municipal, industrial, natural resources management and other fields.

Coursework consists of class and hands-on experience with GIS/GPS technologies, including running and modifying current GIS software, creating and manipulating GIS databases and operating GPS technology.

Graduates should find employment as field technicians or as database and mapping assistants.

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Geospatial Technology (A40220)

Degree Awarded

The Associate in Applied Science degree – Geospatial Technology will be awarded by the College upon completion of this program.

Admissions

  • A high school diploma or equivalent is required.
  • CPCC placement tests are required in English and mathematics. Developmental classes in mathematics and English courses are available for students to build basic skills and knowledge.
  • A counseling/orientation appointment follows placement testing.
  • Students should see a faculty advisor before registration.
  • Many courses have prerequisites or co-requisites; check the Courses section for details.

Note

Students who do not take program-related courses for a one year period must re-enter the program under the Catalog in effect at the time of re-entry.

Contact Information

Geospatial Technology is in the Sciences Division. For more information, call Adam Spillman at 704.330.6652, or visit our website at www.cpcc.edu/science.

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General Education Requirements
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry3.0
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
Writing and Research in the Disciplines
Literature-Based Research
Professional Research & Reporting
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
Introduction to Communication
Intro to Interpersonal Communication
Public Speaking
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
Algebra/Trigonometry I
Quantitative Literacy
Statistical Methods I
Precalculus Algebra
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
Art Appreciation
Art History Survey I
Art History Survey II
Survey of American Art
Non-Western Art History
Dance Appreciation
DAN 211
DAN 212
Theatre Appreciation
Literature of the Theatre
Oral Interpretation
American Literature I
American Literature II
British Literature I
British Literature II
Western World Literature I
Western World Literature II
Myth in Human Culture
Introduction to Film
Humanities I
Humanities II
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Jazz
Opera and Musical Theatre
Philosophical Issues
Western Philosophy I
Introduction to Logic
World Religions
Eastern Religions
Western Religions
Introduction to Old Testament
Introduction to New Testament
Religion in America
History of Rock Music
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
General Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Comparative Cultures
Survey of Economics
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
World Regional Geography
World Civilizations I
World Civilizations II
American History I
American History II
Introduction to Political Science
American Government
Comparative Government
International Relations
General Psychology
Social Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Sociology of the Family
Social Problems
Social Diversity
Major Requirements
GIS 111Introduction to GIS3.0
GIS 121Georeferencing & Mapping3.0
GIS 120Introduction to Geodesy3.0
GIS 125CAD for GIS3.0
GIS 240Air Photo Interpretation3.0
DBA 110Database Concepts3.0
GIS 221Advanced Topics in GIS2.0
GIS 235Raster GIS3.0
GEO 110Introduction to Geography3.0
GIS 215GIS Data Models3.0
GIS 225Advanced Methods in GIS3.0
GIS 241Cartographic Production3.0
CIS 110Introduction to Computers3.0
GIS 230GIS Data Creation3.0
CIS 115Introduction to Programming and Logic3.0
GIS Electives
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
Introduction to GPS
Internet Mapping
Spatial Databases
Introduction to Spatial Analysis
Principles of Property Mapping
Remote Sensing
GIS 259
Programming in GIS
Technical Electives
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
Civil/Surveying CAD
C Programming
Work-Based Learning I
Work-Based Learning II
Advanced C Programming
C++ Programming
Advanced C++ Programming
Visual C++ Programming
Advanced Visual C++ Programming
JAVA Programming
Advanced JAVA Programming
C# Programming
Advanced C# Programming
Database Utilization
Database Applications
Surveying I
Surveying II
Surveying III
Surveying Law
Advanced Surveying
World Regional Geography
Physical Geography I
Intro to Tech & Sustainability
Precalculus Trigonometry
Calculus I
Total Credits68

Geospatial Technology Diplomas (D40220)

Geospatial Technology Diploma - Geography (D40220-D1)

General Education Requirements
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry3.0
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
General Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Comparative Cultures
Survey of Economics
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
World Civilizations I
World Civilizations II
American History I
American History II
American Government
Comparative Government
International Relations
General Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Sociology of the Family
Social Diversity
Major Requirements
GIS 111Introduction to GIS3.0
GIS 121Georeferencing & Mapping3.0
GIS 120Introduction to Geodesy3.0
GIS 125CAD for GIS3.0
GIS 240Air Photo Interpretation3.0
GEO 110Introduction to Geography3.0
GEO 111World Regional Geography3.0
GEO 131Physical Geography I4.0
GIS 230GIS Data Creation3.0
GIS 241Cartographic Production3.0
Total Credits37

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Geospatial Technology Diploma - Geographic Information Science (D40220-D2)

General Education Requirements
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry3.0
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
General Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Comparative Cultures
Survey of Economics
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
World Regional Geography
World Civilizations I
World Civilizations II
American History I
American History II
American Government
Comparative Government
International Relations
General Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Sociology of the Family
Social Diversity
Major Requirements
GIS 111Introduction to GIS3.0
GIS 121Georeferencing & Mapping3.0
GIS 120Introduction to Geodesy3.0
GIS 125CAD for GIS3.0
GIS 240Air Photo Interpretation3.0
GIS 215GIS Data Models3.0
GIS 225Advanced Methods in GIS3.0
GIS 235Raster GIS3.0
GIS 261Programming in GIS3.0
GEO 110Introduction to Geography3.0
Total Credits36

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Geospatial Technology Diploma - Geomatics (D40220-D3)

General Education Requirements
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry3.0
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
General Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Comparative Cultures
Survey of Economics
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
World Regional Geography
World Civilizations I
World Civilizations II
American History I
American History II
American Government
Comparative Government
International Relations
General Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Sociology of the Family
Social Diversity
Major Requirements
GIS 111Introduction to GIS3.0
GIS 121Georeferencing & Mapping3.0
GIS 120Introduction to Geodesy3.0
GIS 125CAD for GIS3.0
GIS 240Air Photo Interpretation3.0
SRV 110Surveying I4.0
CEG 115Intro to Tech & Sustainability3.0
SRV 210Surveying III4.0
SRV 240Topo/Site Surveying4.0
Total Credits36

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Geospatial Technology Certificates (C40220)

Geospatial Technology Certificate - Geographic Information Science (C40220-C1)

Major Requirements
GIS 111Introduction to GIS3.0
GIS 121Georeferencing & Mapping3.0
GIS 120Introduction to Geodesy3.0
GIS 240Air Photo Interpretation3.0
GIS 125CAD for GIS3.0
Total Credits15

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Geospatial Technology Certificate Geospatial Specialist (C40220-C2)

Major Requirements
GIS 111Introduction to GIS3.0
GIS 121Georeferencing & Mapping3.0
GIS 221Advanced Topics in GIS2.0
Technical Electives
Select 6 credits of the following:6.0
Air Photo Interpretation
GIS Data Models
GIS Data Creation
Spatial Databases
Advanced Methods in GIS
Cartographic Production
Raster GIS
Internet Mapping
Principles of Property Mapping
Introduction to Spatial Analysis
Remote Sensing
GIS 259
Total Credits14

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Geospatial Technology Certificate - Database Specialist (C40220-C3)

Major Requirements
GIS 111Introduction to GIS3.0
GIS 121Georeferencing & Mapping3.0
DBA 110Database Concepts3.0
CIS 110Introduction to Computers3.0
Technical Electives
Select 6 credits of the following:6.0
Database Applications
Database Utilization
GIS Data Models
Spatial Databases
Total Credits18

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Geospatial Technology Certificate - Programming Specialist (C40220-C4)

Major Requirements
GIS 111Introduction to GIS3.0
GIS 121Georeferencing & Mapping3.0
GIS 261Programming in GIS3.0
Technical Electives
Select one of the following:6.0
C Programming
and Advanced C Programming
C++ Programming
and Advanced C++ Programming
Visual C++ Programming
and Advanced Visual C++ Programming
JAVA Programming
and Advanced JAVA Programming
C# Programming
and Advanced C# Programming
Total Credits15

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Geospatial Technology Certificate - Geodetic Specialist (C40220-C5)

Major Requirements
GIS 111Introduction to GIS3.0
GIS 112Introduction to GPS3.0
SRV 110Surveying I4.0
Technical Electives
GIS 120Introduction to Geodesy3.0
or SRV 250 Advanced Surveying
Surveying III
Topo/Site Surveying
Total Credits13

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Geospatial Technology Certificate - Photogrammetry Specialist (C40220-C6)

Major Requirements
GIS 111Introduction to GIS3.0
GIS 121Georeferencing & Mapping3.0
GIS 240Air Photo Interpretation3.0
GIS 249Remote Sensing3.0
GIS 2593.0
Total Credits15

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Geospatial Technology Certificate - Cartography Specialist (C40220-C7)

Major Requirements
GIS 111Introduction to GIS3.0
GIS 121Georeferencing & Mapping3.0
GIS 232Spatial Databases3.0
GIS 222Internet Mapping3.0
GIS 241Cartographic Production3.0
Total Credits15

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Geospatial Technology Certificate - Land Records Specialist (C40220-C9)

Major Requirements
GIS 111Introduction to GIS3.0
GIS 121Georeferencing & Mapping3.0
GIS 246Principles of Property Mapping3.0
SRV 220Surveying Law3.0
Total Credits12

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Geospatial Technology Certificate - Geospatial Analyst (C40220-C10)

Major Requirements
GIS 111Introduction to GIS3.0
GIS 225Advanced Methods in GIS3.0
GIS 215GIS Data Models3.0
GIS 221Advanced Topics in GIS2.0
GIS 235Raster GIS3.0
Electives
Select 1 of the following courses:3.0
GIS Data Creation
Spatial Databases
Principles of Property Mapping
Introduction to Spatial Analysis
Remote Sensing
Total Credits17

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Courses

GIS 111. Introduction to GIS. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the hardware and software components of a Geographic Information System and reviews GIS applications. Topics include data structures and basic functions, methods of data capture and sources of data, and the nature and characteristics of spatial data and objects. Upon completion, students should be able to identify GIS hardware components, typical operations, products/applications, and differences between database models and between raster and vector systems.

GIS 112. Introduction to GPS. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course provides an overview of Global Positioning Systems (GPS). Topics include the theory, implementation, and operations of GPS, as well as alternate data source remote sensing. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of GPS.

GIS 120. Introduction to Geodesy. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the fundamental concepts behind map projections, datums, and coordinate systems. Topics include the theory of how the earth's shape is defined and how geographic features are positioned using spherical coordinate systems. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of geodesy as it relates to the measurement and representation of the earth.

GIS 121. Georeferencing & Mapping. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces coordinate systems, fundamentals of surveying, and cartography. Topics include the theory, acquisition, and use of locational data using both continuous and discrete georeferencing methods. Upon completion, students should be able to identify appropriate coordinate systems for a situation and translate data into correct map form.

GIS 125. CAD for GIS. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the concepts of Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) as well as software that is used for building geographic data for a GIS. Emphasis is placed on the learning of basic commands used in building spatial data. Upon completion, the student will be able to operate within a CAD environment.

GIS 211. GIS/GPS Project. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course provides the opportunity to interact with a municipal, industrial, or service organization. Emphasis is placed on defining a question, gathering and analyzing pertinent data, and drawing conclusions leading to question resolution. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate their command of GIS/GPS applications for problem solving.

Prerequisites: Take GIS 111

GIS 215. GIS Data Models. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course covers interpreting and understanding of a variety data formats available in GIS. Topics include the similarities and differences between data models as well as how data is treated differently within each format, to include the conversion of data between different environments. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of GIS data storage and interoperability.

Prerequisites: Take GIS 111

GIS 221. Advanced Topics in GIS. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course covers technical aspects of GIS functions, algorithms, theory of geographical data structures, and error handling. Emphasis is placed on laboratory experiences requiring manipulation of tools, data, and macros. Upon completion, students should be able to construct a small Geographic Information System.

Prerequisites: Take GIS 111

GIS 222. Internet Mapping. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course is designed as an introduction to multimedia, interactive, animated, and Web cartography. Topics include the principles of effective cartographic communication, and stressing the new and important roles digital cartography is coming to play in cyberspace. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate the ability to evaluate digital cartographic information and create effective internet maps.

Prerequisites: Take GIS 111

GIS 225. Advanced Methods in GIS. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course promotes the analytic and critical thinking that is required when conducting statistical analysis of geographic data. Emphasis is placed on understanding data at a descriptive level for the conducting of statistical analysis. Upon completion, students will be able to understand the unique characteristics of geo-referenced data.

Prerequisites: Take GIS 111

GIS 230. GIS Data Creation. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the fundamental concepts of primary GIS data creation. Topics include the collection of field data, digital conversion of existing hardcopy maps, and the construction of spatial data from known geodetic locations. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an ability to collect, create, and process spatial data within a variety of environments.

Prerequisites: Take GIS 111

GIS 232. Spatial Databases. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course covers various stages of spatial database design and implementation, including conceptual models and query languages. Topics include spatial networks, spatial data mining, indexing, and query processing. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of spatial databases management systems.

Prerequisites: Take GIS 111 GIS 121

GIS 235. Raster GIS. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course will provide students with the fundamentals of analyzing remotely sensed data. Emphasis is placed on digital image enhancement as a means to further data analysis. Upon completion, students will be able to accurately interpret and analyze remotely sensed data for use in a raster or vector GIS.

Prerequisites: Take All: GIS 111 and GIS 121

GIS 240. Air Photo Interpretation. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course is designed to introduce the student to remote sensing, photogrammetry and various components of land use mapping. Emphasis is placed on the art and science of aerial photo interpretation. Upon completion, students will be able to review, gather and analyze data from diverse forms of image maps.

Prerequisites: Take GIS 111

GIS 241. Cartographic Production. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course covers the application of computerized cartography, to include the science and art of map design. Topics include the use of maps as an effective medium, efficient map layout and large-scale map production. Upon completion, students should be able to create a variety of map products for an audience or client.

Prerequisites: Take GIS 111 GIS 121

GIS 245. Introduction to Spatial Analysis. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course is designed to expose students to various components of spatial analysis. Emphasis is placed on modeling and decision making with the use of spatial data. Upon completion, students will be able to utilize statistical models in the process of spatial analysis.

Prerequisites: Take All: GIS 111 and GIS 121

GIS 246. Principles of Property Mapping. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course covers interpreting and understanding land records, updating parcel data, and utilizing the data for information retrieval and spatial analysis. Topics include the use and development of parcel information, parcel boundaries, and legal land descriptions. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of parcel mapping.

Prerequisites: Take GIS 111 GIS 121

GIS 249. Remote Sensing. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces remote sensing and presents an overview of the use of satellite imagery within the field of geospatial technology. Topics will include the principles of remote sensing, satellite platforms, and sensors. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of data sources, uses, and analysis techniques of remote sensing.

Prerequisites: Complete one of the following options:

GIS 255. Advanced Spatial Analysis. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course provides an opportunity to combine the constituents of Geographic Information Science. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition, refinement and analysis of data from numerous sources. Upon completion, students will be able to extract tangible results gained from the manipulation of a diversified group of information resources.

Prerequisites: Take All: GIS 111 and GIS 121

GIS 261. Programming in GIS. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

The course provides an understanding of how to customize GIS software applications by way of modified toolbars, menus, and buttons. Topics include the theory and implementation of the various scripting languages currently in use. Upon completion, students should be able to modify the appearance of interface elements, save interface customizations, and add custom functionality to a GIS application.

Prerequisites: Take GIS 111 GIS 161