Geographic Information Systems

AA/AS Degree – Concentration in Geographic Information Systems

This curriculum is designed for students interested in transferring to a four-year institution in degree programs such as geography, cartography or geographic education. Training in geographic information systems enables the student to develop, construct, and use maps and other imagery to solve problems relating to the earth, its resources, and development. These skills are used by professionals in many fields today, such as utility companies, all levels of government, 911 emergency services, surveyors, construction farming, military, census, and universities. This program is part of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Career Cluster.

The listed sequence of courses provides guidance for students so that they can complete this program of study in the most efficient manner. This sequence assumes that students have met college academic placement and/or other program requirements. Students are strongly urged to contact a college advisor for assistance in developing their plan for enrolling in courses to meet the program of study.


For information about the Concentration in Geographic Information Systems, contact an advisor at (309) 647-4645.

Geographic Information Systems: 64 Credit Hours
Fall Semester Courses
Credit Hrs.
ENG101Composition I3
COM103Speech Communication3
MAT125College Algebra3
GEO110Introduction to Cartography3
 Social & Behavioral Sciences (Other than Geography)3
Spring Semester Courses Credit Hrs.
ENG102Composition II3
GEO100Cultural Geography3
 Humanities & Fine Arts3
 Lab Life Science4
Fall Semester Courses Credit Hrs.
CIS109Introduction to Programming3
GEO200World Regional Geography3
GEO210Introduction to GIS3
PSC105Physical Geography4
 Humanities & Fine Arts3
Spring Semester Courses Credit Hrs.
GEO211GIS Analysis3
 Health Science3
 Social & Behavioral Sciences (Other than Geography)3
 Humanities & Fine Arts3
Students must complete at least one IAI approved math course. Science requirements include at least one IAI life science and one IAI physical science, and one of those must be a lab science. Additional math and/or science courses are needed to complete general education requirements for the AA/AS degrees.