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All GIS classes are offered through the Geospatial Technology (GIST) department. The Foothill GIS Certificate Program is designed for working professionals. Most of our students have an associate's or higher degree and are 'upskilling'. However, we have also had numerous students enter our program straight out of high school and step directly into GIS technician jobs or land high paying student assistantships at four year universities when they transfer in pursuit of a bachelor's degree.

The GIS Certificate of Achievement I and II can be completed in one academic year. The Certificate of Achievement III and the AS degree can be completed in as little as one academic year depending on prior academic experience. However, many of our students who work full time prefer to schedule their courses over four or more quarters. Per college policy, 50% of the units for any certificate or degree must be completed at Foothill College.

Suggested course sequence:

2015-2016 GIS Schedule of Classes

Fall Quarter, 2015

Geospatial Technology 11
Introduction to Mapping & Spatial Reasoning
4 Units
A great way to get started with Geospatial Technology:
Introduction to the fundamental concepts of GeoSpatial Technology, including Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing (RS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS), map reading, and cartography. Exploration of how geospatial technologies are used in addressing human and environmental issues and can promote sustainability.
GIST-011-01 Monday evenings See the online schedule
Geospatial Technology 12
Introduction to Geospatial Technology
4 Units
Study of Geospatial Technology including Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), cartography, remote sensing, and spatial analysis. Application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) science to spatial data management. Assessment of vector and raster systems, scale, resolution, map projection, coordinate systems and georeferencing. Identification and acquisition of spatial data. Advisory: GEOG 11 or GIST 11
GIST-012-01Y; GIST-012-02Y; Two sections offered Tuesday evenings and Wednesday evenings See the online schedule

Winter Quarter, 2016

Geospatial Technology 11
Introduction to Mapping & Spatial Reasoning
4 Units
A great way to get started with Geospatial Technology:
Introduction to the fundamental concepts of GeoSpatial Technology, including Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing (RS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS), map reading, and cartography. Exploration of how geospatial technologies are used in addressing human and environmental issues and can promote sustainability.
GIST-011-01 Tuesday/Thursday 12-1:50PM Classroom: TBA
Geospatial Technology 52
Geospatial Data Acquisition & Management
4 Units
Study of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) science and its applications to spatial data management. Data acquisition using GPS, digitizing and scanning techniques. Data management. Editing and verifying. Raster data manipulation and importing. Database management. Advanced queries and database manipulation.
GIST-052-01 TBD Classroom: 4008
Geospatial Technology 58
Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing
3 Units
Physical basis of remote sensing. Aerial photography and high resolution multi-band imaging. Satellite multi-band optical remote sensing. Other forms of remote sensing (RADAR, SAR, LIDAR). Applications of remote sensing.
GIST-058-01   Classroom: 4008
Geospatial Technology 54A
Seminar in Specialized Applications of Geographic Information Systems
2 Units
Seminar on the diverse applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Weekly presentations by guest speakers. Prerequisite: GEOG12
GIST-054A-01    

Spring Quarter, 2016

Geospatial Technology 53
Advanced Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis
4 Units
Introduction to problem-solving and decision making using geospatial analysis techniques, applicable to a range of disciplines. Prerequisite: GEOG 12 or GIST 12. Advisory: GIST 11 and 52.
GIST-054A-01    
Internship 52
(GIS Internship)
3 Units
Internship in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Student will be placed in 6 hour per week internship after consultation with instructor. Student must have successfully completed GIST 12 and 52 and have completed or be concurrently enrolled in GIST 53, 58 or 59.
ITRN52 By arrangement with instructor  
Geospatial Technology 59
Cartography, Map Presentation and Design
2 Units
Map projections, geodes, coordinate systems. Map composition. Selection of colors and symbols.
GIST-059-01    

Suggested course sequence for students starting Fall quarter

* Courses for Certificate of Achievement I
** Courses for Certificate of Achievement II
*** Courses for Certificate of Achievement III

Quarter Course
Fall GIST11: Introduction to Mapping & Spatial Reasoning - 4 units * ** ***
GEOG/GIST12: Introduction to Geospatial Technology - 4 units * ** ***
CS 1A: Object-Oriented Programming Methodologies in Java - 5 units ***
Winter GIST 52: Geospatial Data Acquisition & Management - 4 units * ** ***
GIST54 A: 2 units * ** ***
GIST 58: Remote Sensing - 3 units * ** ***
Restricted electives 3-5 units ** ***
Spring GIST 59: Cartography - 2 units * ** ***
GIST 53: Advanced GIS and Spatial Analysis - 4 units ** ***
ITRN52: GIS Internship - 3 units ***
Restricted electives 3-5 units * ** ***
Summer or Fall year 2 Other electives - (4-5 units) ***

Suggested course sequence for students starting Winter quarter

* Courses for Certificate of Achievement I
** Courses for Certificate of Achievement II
*** Courses for Certificate of Achievement III

Quarter Course
Winter GIST11: Introduction to Mapping & Spatial Reasoning - 4 units * ** ***
GIST 58: Remote Sensing - 3 units * ** ***
Spring GIST 59: Cartography - 2 units * ** ***
Restricted electives 3-5 units * ** ***

Other electives - (4-5 units) ***
Fall GEOG/GIST12: GEOG/GIST12: Introduction to Geospatial Technology - 4 units * ** ***
Restricted electives 3-5 units ** ***
Winter GIST52: GIST 52: Geospatial Data Acquisition & Management - 4 units * ** ***
GIST54 A: 2 units * ** ***
GIST 58: Remote Sensing - 3 units * ** ***
Spring GIST 53: Advanced GIS and Spatial Analysis - 4 units ** ***
ITRN52: GIS Internship - 3 units ***

Suggested course sequence for students starting Spring quarter

* Courses for Certificate of Achievement I
** Courses for Certificate of Achievement II
*** Courses for Certificate of Achievement III

Quarter Course
Spring GIST 59: Cartography - 2 units * ** ***
Restricted electives 3-5 units * ** ***
Other electives - (4-5 units) ***
Fall GIST11: Introduction to Mapping & Spatial Reasoning - 4 units * ** ***
GEOG/GIST12: Introduction to Geospatial Technology - 4 units * ** ***
Restricted electives 3-5 units ** ***
Winter GIST 52: Geospatial Data Acquisition & Management - 4 units * ** ***
GIST54 A: 2 units * ** ***
GIST 58: Remote Sensing - 3 units * ** ***
Spring GIST 53: Advanced GIS and Spatial Analysis - 4 units ** ***
ITRN52: GIS Internship - 3 units ***