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Geographic Information Systems

Offered at: Boulder

Geospatial Science Bachelor Degree

B.A.S. in Geospatial Science

This new Bachelor of Applied Science degree builds on the Geospatial Science associate degree so graduates can continue at FRCC for an additional 60 credits to complete their bachelor’s. Learn more.

Geospatial Science Associate Degree

A.A.S. in Geospatial Science

60 credits
(4 semesters)
This two-year Geospatial Science degree prepares you to work in high-tech fields, including photogrammetry, cartography, geographical information systems, global positioning systems and satellite remote sensing. Students learn how to: acquire geospatial information from a variety of sources, interpret, use and manage geospatial data for a given purpose, and how to use geographic information system software for storage, manipulation, and analysis of geospatial data.

Geospatial Science degree: See required courses and descriptions.

GIS Certificates

Foundations of GIS

12 credits
(2 semester)

This foundation of GIS certificate program introduces students to geographic information systems and cartography. In our GIS courses, students work with advanced analytical tools and develop skills in spatial problem solving.

Foundations of GIS certificate: See required courses and descriptions.


29 credits
(3 semesters)

This GIS certificate program prepares students to assist scientists, engineers, technologists and other professionals in building, maintaining, modifying and using GIS databases.

GIS certificate: See required courses and descriptions. 

What You Will Learn

Upon completion of this program, you will be able to:

  1. Explain how and why industry-specific tools, such as software and equipment, are used and implemented in the GIS industry.
  2. Use and understand industry vocabulary.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to properly select geographic and projected coordinate systems.
  4. Utilize the fundamental concepts involved in the capture, use, and interpretation of remotely sensed information.
  5. Identify characteristics and importance of statistical relationships in spatial data.
  6. Create geospatial software programs using programming language.
  7. Emulate professional standards expected when entering into careers in the GIS industry.
  8. Work both independently and as a member of a team within typical GIS project scenarios, such as troubleshooting and arriving at a desirable outcome.
  9. Apply various GIS methods used to collect and interpret data.

Paid Internship Opportunities

Geo-Launchpad is a paid summer internship open to all community college students to develop research skills for a career in science, engineering, or technology. This eight week program takes place at UNAVCO located in Boulder, CO from early June to late July. Learn more.

If your organization or agency is looking for GIS interns, please email us at

GIS Annual Salary

State and federal employment agencies place GIS technicians among “Cartographers and Photogrammetrists.”

Jobs Entry Average Experienced
Survey Researchers $45,410

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (2021)


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