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Sinclair College

Geospatial Technology GST.S.AAS

Associate of Applied Science - 63 Credit Hours

Division: Liberal Arts, Communication and Social Sciences
Department: Geography
Effective as of Fall 2021

What is the program about?

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Geospatial Technologies will prepare students for careers and transfer degrees in geographical information systems (GIS). In this interdisciplinary program, students select a pathway specific to their interest: Analyst, GIS Programming Specialist, GIS Coordinator, or Aerial Sensing Data Analyst. In this profession, graduates are responsible for collecting geospatial data, producing maps, analyzing spatial data, coordinating GIS projects, providing technical expertise to clients or users, and providing programming and software development expertise.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the ability to apply the geographical perspective, including: analyzing and explaining the spatial organization of people, places, and environments on the Earth's surface; recognizing applications of geography in everyday life, understanding of the increasing interdependence of economic, political, and social/cultural processes; and considering problems from alternative points of view (global awareness).
  • Demonstrate knowledge of foundational concepts and applications of geospatial technology.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use maps and other geographic representations, geospatial technologies and spatial thinking to coordinate multiple geographic representations, evaluate the quality of geospatial data, and analyze geographic questions and communicate information.
  • Demonstrate the broad range of skills required to plan and organize a geographic research project, including; managing the workflow of a project, systematically gathering and evaluating geographic information from primary and secondary resources; selecting, designing, and organizing maps and other graphical representations; and evaluating and interpreting geographical information.
  • Demonstrate professional effectiveness and teamwork by exhibiting leadership, cooperation, and making productive contributions to group written and oral assignments. Students must also demonstrate a respect for diverse view points within the group.

Career Opportunities

Approximately 80% of all data have a spatial or location-based component. The geospatial industry and market for it continue to expand at a phenomenal rate. The latest Dept. of Labor statistics show more than 850,000 current geospatial workers with an additional 350,000 needed by 2018. Professionals in GIS are needed in organizations of all sizes and in almost every industry, including, agriculture, health care, retail trade, urban planning, law enforcement, defense and intelligence, natural resources, utilities, marketing, unmanned aerial systems and engineering among others.


Formal articulation agreements with other colleges and universities indicate how Sinclair programs and courses will transfer to other institutions.


Course Title Credits
CIS 2165 Database Management 3
CIS 2266 Python for Data Analytics 3
COM 2211 (Effective Public Speaking) OR COM 2225 (Small Group Communication) 3
ENG 1101 English Composition I 3
GEO 1101 Global Forces, Local Diversity 3
GEO 1102 Earth's Physical Environment 4
GEO 1103 (Introduction to Geographic Information System I) AND GEO 1104 (Introduction to Geographic Information Systems II) OR GEO 1107 (Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)) 4
GEO 1105 Geospatial Awareness 1
GEO 1209 Map Design & Visualization 4
GEO 1212 Geospatial Data Acquisition & Management 3
GEO 2210 Advanced Spatial Analysis 4
GEO 2600 (Geospatial Technology Capstone) OR GEO 2700 (Geospatial Technology Internship) 3
GIS Programming Specialist Pathway OR GIS Analyst Pathway OR GIS Coordinator Pathway OR GIS Aerial Data Sensing Analyst Pathway 12
MAT 1450 Introductory Statistics 4
MAT 1470 College Algebra 3
Ohio Transfer 36: Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective 3
Ohio Transfer 36: Arts & Humanities Elective OR Ohio Transfer 36: Natural & Physical Sciences Elective 3
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This information is for planning purposes only. Sinclair College will make every effort to offer curriculum listed above but reserves the right to change, add and cancel curriculum offerings for unforeseen circumstances.