Higher Education
 

Community College of Baltimore County

Department of Geography
Scott Jeffrey, Program Director
800 South Rolling Road
Baltimore, MD 21228
410-455-6936
Geospatial Applications
E-mail: sjeffrey@ccbcmd.edu

Program Descriptions

The Geospatial Applications program provides comprehensive instruction in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), photogrammetry and remote sensing and Global Positioning Systems (GPS). Geospatial techniques are used to aid in decision making in fields as diverse as business, marketing, homeland security, public policy, environment, engineering, public health, archeology and criminal justice by identifying patterns between graphical information (maps) and data. A unique aspect of the CCBC Geospatial program is the incorporation of real-world client-based projects in all courses, starting at the introductory level.

Students who enter the Geospatial Applications program may pursue a 2 year A.A.S. degree or choose from two certificate options. The Associate of Applied Science degree is offered for students planning to transfer to a four year institution to complete a bachelor’s degree. The Introduction to Geospatial Applications certificate (13 credits) is designed for those who need immediate skills to initially enter the Geospatial/Geographic Information (GIS) workplace or for those who are already in the field and need to enhance their skills. The introductory certificate will give students a background in project development, data acquisition, geospatial analysis and presentation, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and incorporation of remote sensing imagery into a GIS. The Geospatial Applications Certificate (23 credits) provides comprehensive instruction in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), photogrammetry and remote sensing, and Global Positioning Systems (GPS). The Advanced Certificate provides additional experience in advanced spatial analysis and project design and management.

Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)

Program Requirements: UNITS
GEOG 101 Introduction to Physical Geography 3
GEOG 102 Introduction to Cultural Geography 3
GEOA 101 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3
GEOG 111 World Regional Geography 3
GEOA 110 Intermediate Geographic Information Systems 4
GEOA 150 Remote Sensing and Global Positioning 3
GEOA 210 Geospatial Analysis and Decision Making 4
GEOA 250 Advanced Geospatial Applications 3
ENGL 102 College Composition II 3
ENGL 213 Technical Writing 3
CADD 101 Introduction to CADD 3
Computer Electives (2 courses) 6
Biological and Physical Science w/lab 3
Total Program Requirements and Electives: 44

General Education Requirements: UNITS
SPCM 101 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
ENGL 101 College Composition I 3
MATH 135 Applied Algebra and Trigonometry 3
CINS 120 Diversity in a Technological Society 3

General Education Electives: UNITS
(Choose courses in each category from the list of approved General Education courses.)
Biological/Physical Science 3-4
Arts and Humanities or Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Total General Education Requirements: 21-22

Total Credits for Degree: 65-66

Introduction to Geospatial Applications Certificate (13 credits)
GEOA 101 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3
GEOA 110 Intermediate Geographic Information Systems 4
GEOA 150 Remote Sensing and Global Positioning 3
CINS 134 Comprehensive Databases 3

Geospatial Applications Certificate (23 credits)
GEOA 101 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3
GEOA 110 Intermediate Geographic Information Systems 4
GEOA 150 Remote Sensing and Global Positioning 3
GEOA 210 Geospatial Analysis and Decision Making 4
GEOA 250 Advanced Geospatial Applications 3
GEOG 101 Introduction to Physical Geography 3
ENGL 101 College Composition I 3

Course Descriptions

GEOA 101: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
3 Credits (2 lecture hours, 3 lab hours)
This course will introduce students to the concepts, science, and theory of geographic information systems and geospatial analysis. Students will be introduced to the leading software and technology in the field of geospatial analysis and get hands-on experience using the latest version of ArcGIS. Students will master sufficient introductory concepts and skills to develop, complete, and present a GIS project.

GEOA 110: Intermediate Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
4 Credits (3 Lecture hours, 3 Lab Hours)
This course extends the initial Geographic Information Systems (GIS) skills developed in GEOA 101 into realworld situations where students will determine a specific objective, acquire data, incorporate the data in a GIS project, analyze the project and present results and conclusions. Open to students who have some GIS experience and wish to expand their skills. Utilizes primarily Esri ArcView software.

GEOA 150: Remote Sensing and Global Positioning
3 Credits (2 lecture hours, 3 lab hours)
This course introduces the concepts of remote sensing, use of the Global Positioning System (GPS) and interpretation of the collected information by the use of Geographic Information Systems. It covers sensors operating in the visible, infrared, and microwave range of the electro-magnetic spectrum. The use of imaging GIS software for manipulation and image processing of digital satellite data is also emphasized.

GEOA 210: Geospatial Analyses and Decision Making
4 Credits (3 Lecture hours, 3 Lab Hours)
This course builds on the skills developed in GEOA 101 and GEOA 110. Case studies and applications examine real-world situations and evaluate and incorporate data into a GIS project using ArcGIS extensions such as Spatial Analyst and 3D mapper. The course will give students an understanding of how to apply GIS software to aid in evaluating problems in a wide range of areas.

GEOA 250: Advanced Geospatial Applications
3 Credits (2 lecture hours, 3 lab hours)
The final/capstone course in Geographic Information Systems. Students will undertake several assigned projects and develop appropriate maps and other supporting materials. A student selected/instructor approved project will be a major component of the course. Utilizes primarily Esri ArcGIS software.


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