Program - Geographic Information Systems

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Track cougars. Locate wetlands. Map highways. Track shipments. Locate real estate. Map floods. GIS does it all. A degree in GIS allows you to combine your interest in technology with an interest in many other fields. GIS is rapidly gaining recognition as the primary means of dealing with information stored on maps. GIS careers exist in every imaginable discipline, with many applications in resource and environmental management, commercial business and marketing, urban and regional planning, defense, map production, research and public health.

Geospatial technology is one of the U.S. Department of Labor's High Demand/High Technology career fields. The demand for individuals with this training is global and will continue to grow faster than the supply of qualified graduates. Community colleges are critical to the sustainability and growth of the geospatial workforce. Kirkwood's two-year degree provides students with the skills necessary to work in this exciting, high-tech field.

Interested students can advance to a four-year degree by taking advantage of our unique relationship with University of Northern Iowa's Geography department.

Business and Information Technology 
203 Nielsen Hall

Students in this program may be eligible to have half their tuition paid for by the Kibbie Grant. Click here for more details.