Higher Education
 

Cayuga Community College, Auburn, New York

Cayuga Community College
Department of Humanities
197 Franklin Street
Auburn, NY, 13021
315-255-1743, ext. 2310
Dr. Abu Badruddin, Assistant Professor
badruddin@cayuga-cc.edu

Description of Program:

Cayuga’s AS in GIS degree program offers hands-on training to students in the use of industry standard software in the fields of GIS, Global Positioning System (GPS), and remote sensing. Students gain in-depth understanding of the fundamentals of these fields and detailed knowledge of GIS technology for analyzing and using spatial data from diverse sources. The associate degree requires at least 65 credit hours; 18 hours in core areas and the balance in the general education and technical support courses of the AS program. The GIS program utilizes the state-of-the-art advanced GIS lab equipped with a complete suite of Esri, ERDAS, IDRISI, and advanced GPS receivers and software. Students enrolled in the GIS program have the opportunity to gain practical work experience and possible job opportunities with the NASA center located at the college. Currently a good number of GIS students are working in different projects as student intern.

Upon successful completion of the AS program, students will have the skills required to pursue career opportunities at companies using GIS, GPS, and remote sensing technologies, or they could qualify to transfer directly to a four-year program at the State University of New York-College of Environmental Science and Forestry as part of a two-plus-two transfer program.

Course Listing

Required Courses

 
Course #
Course Name
 
Credits 
 
GIS 111
Introduction to GIS
 
3
 
GIS 121
Remote Sensing and Aerial Photogrammetry
 
3
 
GIS 122
Spatial Modeling with Raster GIS
 
3
 
GIS 205
Introduction to Vector GIS
 
3
 
GIS 220
Advanced GIS
 
3
 
GIS 222
GIS Programming
 
3
 
Total Credits
 
18

Electives List

  Course # Course Name  
Credits
  CS 114 Introduction to Computer Science  
3
  CS 200 Programming in Visual BASIC  
3
  BUS 225 Microcomputer Application Software  
3
  Math 104 College Algebra and Trigonometry  
3
  Math 214 Statistics  
3
  Geol 110 Physical Geology  
4
  Biol 103 Biological Principles  
4
  Economics, History, English, and others  
24
   
Total Credits
 
47

Description of Courses:

GIS 111: Introduction to GIS
LECTURE: 2 hours/week
LABORATORY: 2 hours/week
This is an introductory level GIS course designed to introduce students to the basic theories and concepts of geographical information systems and their application in exploring and analyzing geographic data. This course is divided into lectures and lab sessions. The conceptual elements are explained and discussed in the lecture sessions while the labs are designed to provide hands-on training to reinforce the concepts and lessons learned in the lectures.

GIS 121: Remote Sensing & Aerial Photogrammetry
PREREQUISITE: Math 104
LECTURE: 2 hours/week
LABORATORY: 2 hours/week
This course is an overview of the theory and principles of remote sensing and aerial photogrammetry. Students will learn how to use remotely sensed imagery in resource exploration and base mapping. Fundamentals of photogrammetry, basic image interpretation, and classification techniques will be introduced.

GIS 122: Spatial Modeling with Raster GIS
PREREQUISITE: GIS 111
LECTURE: 2 hours/week
LABORATORY: 2 hours/week
This course is an introduction to spatial modeling using raster GIS. Basic theories and concepts of spatial modeling will be discussed and students will learn how to use various modeling techniques available in a raster GIS for solving complex environmental and management problems.

GIS 205: Introduction to Vector GIS
PREREQUISITE: GIS 111
LECTURE: 2 hours/week
LABORATORY: 2 hours/week
This course is designed to expose the senior students to the power and application of vector GIS, particularly ARC/INFO. Theories and concepts of GIS will be reinforced with hands-on training for automating, editing, manipulating, and analyzing geographic data in ARC/INFO environment.

GIS 220: Advanced GIS
PREREQUISITE: GIS 205
LECTURE: 2 hours/week
LABORATORY: 2 hours/week
This is a senior level GIS course that will focus on advanced topics in GIS including planning, management, raster-vector integration, and data quality issues. Students will learn how to do spatial modeling, advanced editing and database query mainly in ArcGIS environment. Basic techniques of GPS data collection will also be introduced. Students will learn how to bring all the pieces of Geographic Information Technologies together for advanced analysis and modeling.

GIS 220: GIS Programming
PREREQUISITE: CS 200
LECTURE: 3 hours/week
This course is designed to introduce students the basic structure and capabilities of object oriented programming in a GIS environment. Students will learn how to automate GIS operations and customize the user interface using the programming language available in ArcView/ArcGIS.

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