Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
High School Credits:1
Course Description (Course Brochure)
In collaboration with James Madison University (JMU), this course introduces students to the concepts and techniques of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and enables students to develop technical skills to apply GIS in a variety of “real-world” contexts (i.e., science, emergency response, crime analysis, marketing and health care).
Students may earn 3 JMU college credits for GIS 1 at a reduced tuition rate through dual enrollment.
Geographic information systems software, global positioning system equipment, data analysis, integration of remotely sensed and ground-based information into powerful decision making analytical tools, problem-based service learning, community-based research, spatial reasoning and decisionmaking, Student projects are presented to local community and government leaders, Academy and JMU faculty.
Academy graduates interested in GIS can continue their studies at a wide variety of schools including:
- Cartographic design
- Data analysis
- Computer programming
- Database administration
- Project management
- System administration
Careers in GIS can also encompass business development, managerial, and administrative roles
- Association of American Geographers
- National Center for Geographic Information & Analysis
- Center for Spatially Integrated Social Science
- Global Spatial Data Infrastructure
- University Consortium for Geographic Information Science
- GISuser.com Newsletters
- Geoplace.com’s GeoReport
- GITA (Geospatial Information and Technology Association)Be Ready Bulletin