Higher Education

Central New Mexico Community College

Geographic Information Technology, Technologies Department
525 Buena Vista SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

Larry Rose

Program Description

Certificates in GIT and Geomatics

The Geographic Information Technology (GIT) program takes the position that private industry and government agencies are looking for both a one-year certificate trainee in the short term and a two-year associate degree employee in the long term. Therefore, both these options are offered as stand-alone choices for the student, with completion of the introductory certificate courses becoming the foundation for the more rigorous associate degree curriculum.

Graduates are prepared for entry-level jobs as geographic information system technicians that utilize a variety of hardware and software applications prevalent in industries such as civil engineering, landscape architecture, information technology, market research, health industry needs analysis, business development and analysis, disaster preparation, migration pattern interpretation, federal land management, cartography, mapping, and surveying.

Theoretical concepts couple effectively with the lab exercises, where examples of realistic situations are conceived, designed, analyzed, and evaluated for their applicability and effectiveness.

A keyboarding skill of 25 words per minute is recommended for entry into the program. In addition, students entering the GIT program must meet the prerequisites of MATH 100B, RDG 099 or equivalent, and CP 176 or equivalent.

Information about this program is available from the Advisement Centers at 505-224-3177 or 505-224-5646 and from the program chair at 505-224-3340.

A suggested schedule per term includes

    Term 1: ARDR 180, COMM 232, CP 213, GEOG 101, MATH 120
    Term 2: CP 220, GEOG 102, GEOG 275, GIS 101, GIS 101L, MT 281, PHIL 156
    The above terms satisfy certificate requirements.
    Term 3: CM 261L, CP 107, GIS 202, MATH 121
    Term 4: ARDR 181, CP 284, GIS 203, MATH 123
    Term 5: CP 261L, ENG 101, GIS 207, GIS 220
    Completion of all the above courses satisfies associate degree requirements.

Certificate and Degree Requirements

Course No.Course NameCredit Hours
ARDR180 Fundamentals of Computer-Assisted Drafting3
  or DDET106LBasic CADD3
COMM232 Business and Professional Communication Studies3
CP213 Database Management (MS Access)3
CP220 Advanced Database Concepts3
  or CP221 Introduction to Oracle: SQL and PL/SQL3
GEOG101 Physical Geography3
GEOG102 Human Geography3
GIS101 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Theory2
GIS101L Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Lab1
MATH120 Intermediate Algebra4
MT281 Statistical Controls3
PHIL156 Logic and Critical Thinking3
  Total Credits for Certificate34

Additional Associate Degree Requirements

ARDR181 Intermediate Computer-Assisted Drafting3
CM261L Construction Surveying3
CP107 Programming Logic and Design3
  or DDET115LIntermediate CADD3
CP261L Image Processing3
CP284 Visual Basic I3
  or CP278A C++ Programming I3
ENG101 College Writing3
GIS202 Geographic Information Systems Software Applications I3
GIS203 Geographic Information Systems Software Applications II3
GIS207 Remote Sensing3
GIS220L Introduction to 3D Computer Visualization Techniques3
MATH121 College Algebra3
MATH123 Trigonometry3
Total Credits for Associate Degree67-70

ARDR 180Fundamentals of Computer-Assisted Drafting3
(Prerequisite: CP 176 or equivalent) Introduces the fundamentals of computer-assisted drafting using AutoCAD.
ARDR 181Intermediate Computer-Assisted Drafting3
(Prerequisite: ARDR 180) Continue ARDR 180 with an introduction to paper space layouts. Architectural desktop, 3D concepts, and practical applications to architectural projects are explored.
CM 261LConstruction Surveying3
(Pre- or corequisite: MATH 123 or department approval) Introduces the basic techniques and equipment used in surveying including tape, level, and theodilite; leveling, distance, and angle measurement; traversing; and note keeping.
COMM 232Business and Professional Communication Studies3
(Prerequisite: RDG 100) Emphasizes developing, organizing, and supporting ideas in interpersonal business encounters, groups, teams, meetings, interviews, and platform presentations.
CP 107Programming Logic and Design3
(Prerequisite: RDG 099, MATH 100B, and CP 176) (DESCRIPTION PENDING)
CP 213Database Management (MS Access)3
(Prerequisite: CP 105, CP 176, or permission of director) Presents general concepts, organization, and application of database systems. Introduces the use of database management on the microcomputer. Includes designing databases; accessing, searching, and updating files; and designing and producing printed reports. Read and interpret written and oral instructions of a technical nature.
CP 220Advanced Database Concepts3
(Prerequisite: CP 213 or permission of director) Continues CP 213 and a multiuser network environment with emphasis on relational databases, custom forms, intermediate report design, OLE objects, advanced queries, SPL, macros, and incorporating Visual Basic within Access.
CP 261LImage Processing3
(Prerequisite: CP 278A or permission of director) Use and apply PC- and UNIX-based development environments. Includes application on image processing, data manipulation, and scientific visualization.
CP 278AC++ Programming I3
(Prerequisite: CP 105 or permission of director) Includes structured programming techniques, programming logic, and control using C++. Covers data types, variables, arithmetic, control statements, basic functions, pointers, arrays, and structures. Students who have successfully completed similar introductory C++ programming courses, such as those at APS/CEC, may have this course waived and proceed to CP 278B.
CP 284Visual Basic I3
(Prerequisite: CP 105, a programming language, DDET 115L, or permission of director) Introduces the capabilities of the development environment and common programming techniques required to create simple, useful applications.
DDET 106LBasic CADD3
Utilizing an advanced computer-aided design laboratory, students will learn basic skills for the most popular software packages. Students will be able to generate, edit, dimension, and plot 2D engineering drawings.
DDET 115LIntermediate CADD3
(Prerequisite: DDET 106L) In this intermediate-level course, students will acquire more advanced CAD skills. Topics will include producing, viewing, and editing 2D and 3D drawings. The course is primarily geared toward application problems, which include individual and team projects.
ENG 101College Writing3
(Prerequisite: ENG 100 or equivalent and RDG 100 or equivalent) Emphasizes text-based essay composition including critical reading, summary writing, and synthesis.
GEOG 101Physical Geography3
(Prerequisite: RDG 100) Introduces the geography of the natural environment: weather systems; climate regions; vegetation; soils; water resources; plate tectonics; and volcanic, structural, erosional, fluvial, coastal, desert, and glacial landforms.
GEOG 102Human Geography3
(Prerequisite: RDG 100) Introduces the cultural landscape: population, migration, languages, religions, folk customs, political units, economic development, agriculture, industry, urbanization, and systematic analysis of global environmental issues.
GEOG 275Cartography3
(Prerequisite: GEOG 101, 102, or 201) Cartography covers the basic history of mapmaking and the various projections. The course introduces basic concepts and techniques for the manipulation, analysis, and graphic representation of spatial information. The course includes processing, compilation, and symbolization of spatial data and the application of related statistical techniques. Effective map layout and the latest cartographic techniques are included.
GIS 101Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Theory2
(Prerequisite: CP 176, CP 213, MATH 120, or permission of program chair) Introduces the concepts of geographic information systems including applications, components, mapping, topology, data, and data capture. (two theory hours a week)
GIS 101LIntroduction to Geographic Information Systems Lab1
(Prerequisite: CP 176, CP 213, MATH 120; pre- or corequisite: GIS 101 or permission of program chair) Designed to complement the GIS 101 course by providing lab exercises that clearly demonstrates a number of the typical uses for a commonly available GIS software application package. Emphasis is placed on understanding the types of general software knowledge that will allow crossover to any number of packages currently being used in the field. (three lab hours a week)
GIS 202Geographic Information Systems Software Applications I3
(Prerequisite: GIS 101, GIS 101L) Building upon concepts introduced in GIS 101, this course covers analysis procedures commonly utilized in geographic information systems including overlay, buffering, classification, network analysis, and surface analysis. (two theory plus three lab hours a week)
GIS 203Geographic Information Systems Software Applications II3
(Prerequisite: GIS 202, programming language, or permission of the program chair) Applying knowledge gained from previous courses, students will develop individualized projects of interest. Project development will encompass the full range of procedural approaches from planning, data acquisition, and analysis to output and presentation. (one theory plus six lab hours a week)
GIS 207Remote Sensing3
(Prerequisite: ARDR 180, CM 261L, GIS 101, MATH 120, or permission of program chair) This course introduces students to the basic concepts in remote sensing and explores the applications of current technology. Topics to be covered will include image analysis, the application and usage of various sensor devices, target interactions, interpretation of aerial photographs, the uses of quantitative satellite data, laser scanning, and GPS. (two theory plus three lab hours a week)
GIS 220LIntroduction to 3D Computer Visualization Techniques3
(Prerequisite: CP 176, GIS 101L; pre- or corequisite: CP 261L or permission of program chair) Currently accepted computer visualization software, with uses in related fields of study, is utilized to give the student a broad base from which to create effective presentation materials strongly influenced by GIS applications. Additional lab hours outside the regular class time are required. (two theory plus three lab hours a week)
GIS 296 Survey of Geographic Information Systems 5
(Prerequisites: None, Corequisites: None) The purpose of this course is to raise public awareness and interest in the exciting new field of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). It is designed to present basic, introductory knowledge about the rapidly expanding field which is identified under this broad heading. Topics covered will include concepts of GIS, map types and their uses, effective use of cartographic symbols, data capture techniques, basics of photogrammetry, introduction to remote sensing, applications of the Global Positioning System (GPS), effective use of 3-D visualization, familiarity with available GIS software. Scheduled field trips and guest lecturers from industry are expected to be a component of the curriculum.
GIS 296Topics1-6
(Prerequisite: permission of program chair) Topics vary based on the requests from the community and available software, hardware, and instructors.
GIS 297Special Problems1-6
(Prerequisite: permission of program chair) The student and instructor define a specific problem in the area of the student's interest and directly related to the program. The student develops and executes a solution using analytical techniques appropriate to the problem. An oral presentation may be required.
GIS 298Internship3
(Prerequisite: permission of program chair) In cooperation with local industry, the student works for one term on a cooperative basis in an appropriate training program. The position is not paid.
GIS 299Cooperative Education3
(Prerequisite: permission of program chair) In cooperation with local industry, the student works for one term on a cooperative basis in an appropriate training program. The position is paid.
MATH 120Intermediate Algebra4
(Prerequisite: MATH 100B) Emphasizes linear equations and inequalities, polynomials, exponents, rational expressions and equations, radical expressions and equations, and quadratic equations. Includes introduction to graphing and functions.
MATH 121College Algebra3
(Prerequisite: MATH 120) Focuses on functions and their graphs; investigation of linear quadratic, polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions.
MATH 123Trigonometry3
(Prerequisite: MATH 121 or 150) Uses graphing calculators to study trigonometric and inverse trigonometric functions, radian and degree measure, basic trigonometric identities, polar coordinates, solving triangles, and other applications.
MT 281Statistical Controls3
(Prerequisite: MATH 100B or higher) Features the use of hardware and software as they apply to quality assurance. Study design of experiments, sampling techniques, SPC, control chart application and development, and process reliability.
PHIL 156Logic and Critical Thinking3
(Prerequisite: RDG 100) Introduces the tools of reason helpful in everyday decision making, skill for argument analyses, and effective communication of ideas. Surveys informal fallacies and formal deductive systems.

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