Today’s technology-savvy student must graduate with a firm understanding of technology, data and data systems, and how both are combined with geospatial information (maps) to make decisions. Jobs are popping up through out the State and Nation. Even better since last January more than 50 full time GIS jobs have been posted in the Upper Peninsula. GIS jobs can be found in public utilities (which are required to use GIS by 2018) and engineering and drafting companies that are now often required to reference their drawings to the surface of the earth. Job postings are expected to grow until 2020.
Geographic Information Systems is a new science and technology field for which Bay College is developing curriculum. Geographic Information Systems is “the intersection of multiple learning domains (including math, geography, earth science, physics, information systems, computer networking) combined into an engaging interface such as Google Earth or ArcGIS (ArcMap\ArcScene\ArcGlobe). ArcGIS and its open source sister QGIS allow the user to visualize layers of data all on one screen and even in 3D so a deeper knowledge of an issue can be explored. In other words, picture the most “tech savvy team member” of your favorite law enforcement\forensics television show and you have a good starting point for what Geographic Information Systems is all about…all types of data from various sources all pulled onto a single screen.
Lab 400 (HATC Bldg) houses our new ArcGIS Advanced Desktop lab. All workstations are running ArcGIS 10.2 and students taking the GIS 201 Introduction to GIS course receive a great deal of exposure to the software.
Geographic Information Systems is currently used locally by county governments to plan residential and business expansions, water and wastewater departments to track equipment, forestry to plan forests and harvesting, and even by real estate and investors to decide on where to purchase land to build a business. World-wide experts in many fields use GIS to solve a variety of world problems (hunger, urban planning, disaster relief, etc..).” In fact, ranging from Department of Defense to Urban Planning to Law Enforcement to Health Care industries, GIS has an almost limitless and untapped potential to be explored.
Bay College will offer the degree starting in Fall 2015 with classes being taught at the Main Campus in Escanaba. If you have any questions about the GIS class or degree, email Karl Linderoth at email@example.com