Official Foothill College schedule of classes
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All GIS classes are offered through the Geography department. The Foothill GIS Certificate Program may be completed in the evenings and online in one academic year. However, many of our students who work full time prefer to schedule their courses over four or more quarters.

Certificate of Achievement (34 units) suggested course sequence:

2014-2015 GIS Schedule of Classes

Fall Quarter, 2014

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; GIST-012-03Y Three sections offered Tuesday afternoons, Tuesday evenings and Wednesday evenings See the online schedule

Winter 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 Tuesdays 10-11:50AM 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, 2015

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 50
(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.
ITRN50 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

Quarter Course
Fall GIST11: Introduction to Mapping & Spatial Reasoning - 4 units
GEOG/GIST12: Introduction to Geospatial Technology - 4 units
Winter GIST 52: Geospatial Data Acquisition & Management - 4 units
GIST54 A: 2 units
GIST 58: Remote Sensing - 3 units
Supporting courses - 6 to 8 units
Spring GIST59: Cartography - 2 units
GIST 53: Advanced GIS and Spatial Analysis - 4 units
ITRN50: GIS Internship - 3 units

Suggested course sequence for students starting Winter quarter

Quarter Course
Winter GIST11: Introduction to Mapping & Spatial Reasoning - 4 units
GIST58: Remote Sensing - 3 units
Supporting courses -3 to 5 units
Spring GIST59: Cartography - 2 units
Fall GEOG/GIST12: Introduction to Geospatial Technology - 4 units
Winter GIST52: Geospatial Data Acquisition & Management - 4 units
GIST54A - 2 units
Supporting courses -3 to 5 units
Spring GIST 53: Advanced GIS and Spatial Analysis - 4 units
ITRN50: GIS Internship - 3 units

Suggested course sequence for students starting Spring quarter

Quarter Course
Spring GIST59: Cartography - 2 units
Supporting courses -3 to 5 units
Fall GIST11: Introduction to Mapping & Spatial Reasoning - 4 units
GEOG/GIST12: Introduction to Geospatial Technology - 4 units
Winter GIST52: Geospatial Data Acquisition and Management - 4 units
GIST54A - 2 units
GIST58: Remote Sensing - 3 units
Supporting courses -3 to 5 units
Spring GIST 53: Advanced GIS and Spatial Analysis - 4 units
ITRN50: GIS Internship - 3 units
Supporting courses -3 to 5 units