Certificates

The Foothill College Geospatial Technology program offers a set of certificates which scale up to an AS degree. These certificates were modeled on the GeoTech Center's model curriculum with guidance from the Foothill College GIS program advisory board and are newly approved by the State Chancellor's office for California Community Colleges. The certificates build a solid technical background in geographic information systems concepts and applications including cartographic concepts, database design, programming and interdisciplinary applications of the technology.

Each certificate can be applied to the next one in the sequence, and the entire sequence can be completed in as little as four quarters. The outcomes of the certificates align with the U.S. Department of Labor geospatial competency model for geospatial careers. This program will prepare students to apply for the Geographic Information Systems Professional certification (GISP) through the Geographic Information Systems Certification Institute, administered through the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association.

Below are descriptions for the three certificates and the AS degree. Per college policy, 50% of the units for any certificate or degree must be completed at Foothill College.


Certificate of Achievement for Geographic Information Systems Technology I (22-24 units)

About this Certificate

The Certificate of Achievement in Geographic Information Systems Technology I provides students with skills necessary to advance in careers that require geospatial technology skills.

Required Courses (19 units)

Restricted Electives - Select one (3-5 units)


Certificate of Achievement for Geographic Information Systems Technology II (31-33 units)

About this Certificate

The Certificate of Achievement in Geographic Information Systems Technology II provides students with skills necessary to advance in careers that require robust geospatial technology skills.

Required Courses (23 units)

Restricted Electives - Select two (8-10 units)


Certificate of Achievement for Geographic Information Systems Technology III (43-46 units)

About this Certificate

The Certificate of Achievement in Geographic Information Systems Technology III prepares students for entry-level geographic information systems technician jobs. This certificate includes an internship in geographic information systems. Students who have completed the required courses enroll in ITRN 52 and are placed in an internship with a public or private agency.

Required Courses (28 units)

Restricted Electives - Select two (8-10 units)

Other Electives - Select one (4-5 units)


Associate of Science in Geographic Information Systems Technology (90 units)

About this Degree

The AS degree is recommended for students who do not have an Associates or Bachelor's degree and have the goal of entering the workforce. The AS degree includes general education and elective courses required for graduation plus the core courses and electives from the Certificate of Achievement in Geographic Information Systems Technology III. The Geographic Information Systems Technology degree prepares students for entry-level technician jobs.

Required Courses (28 units)

Restricted Electives - Select two (8-10 units)

Other Electives - Select one (4-5 units)

General Education Requirements