Geospatial Technology


Get started on your way to a degree in Geography and/or a Geospatial Technology Certificate

All fields of geography — from physical to human to geographic techniques, including geospatial studies and analysis — have been experiencing remarkable renaissance and growth that has accelerated during the last several years. Additionally, there is a growing need for professionals in environmental and urban studies to analyze and solve the spatially related problems that confront us. Geospatial technologies consistently rank among the top 10 growth industries of this century according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Modern geographers around our nation and our world are helping solve problems ranging from natural resource distribution to urban planning, from natural hazards preparedness to climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Our range of geography courses at SMC provides excellent opportunities for students to build geographic knowledge and skills that can be used in many different fields and disciplines. They also lead our students into geography and related programs at the top universities, including numerous leading California universities.

Degrees and Certificates

Certificate of Achievement - Geospatial Technology

18 - 19 units

Department Certificate - Geospatial Technology

15 units

Geospatial technologies, including geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing (RS), global positioning system (GPS), and digital cartography, are used to capture, store, manage, analyze, and visualize geospatial information related to locations on Earth's surface. These technologies are used to combine various types of geospatial information in a digital environment, and are widely used in our daily life, at government agencies, and in almost every industry. Through this program, students will develop an understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of geospatial technologies, and gain the skills needed to construct high-quality applications.

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