College of Applied Science and Technology
(formerly Summit College)

Geographic and Land Information Systems

Geographic and Land Information Systems Fundamentals

A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a computer-based system used for scientific investigations, resource management, urban planning, cartography, criminology, marketing and natural disaster planning. A Land Information System (LIS) is a special component of GIS dealing with land resources.

  • Comprehensive curriculum emphasizes:
    • digital geographic data
    • use of hands-on mapping software
    • graphic communication techniques (map making)
  • First year of the program provides the fundamentals of the basic sciences and digital geographic data, with a major emphasis on learning mapping software and techniques of land surveying
  • Major focus of second year is becoming proficient in mapping software and geographic problem solving

Our Faculty

  • are innovative and interactive
  • use multimedia technology to compliment hands-on instructional approach 

Akron Advantage

Real-world Experience

Gain practical professional experience through a student-managed GIS project and a student internship at a local
government agency or business. Participation gives you firsthand, on-the-job training in the field of your choice.

GIS/LIS Student Organization

Interact with other geographic and land information systems students and professionals in the field through organizations such as:

  • Gathering of Potential Surveyors

Curriculum Guide

For More Information:

Engineering and Science Technology

Contact: Larry Shubat

Career Opportunities

Degrees and Preparation

An associate degree in geographic and land information systems prepares you for immediate employment
as an entry-level GIS technician for business or industry.

Career Outlook 

The U.S. Department of Labor identifies geographic information technology as “one of the three most important emerging and evolving fields." Job opportunities are growing as geospatial technologies expands into more areas.

Career Center

The Career Center creates links among students, alumni and local professionals. You will have access to:

  • Career Resource Library
  • co-op/internships through Career Advantage Network
  • computer stations for resume writing and employment research
  • UA Career Fairs 

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Phone: 330-972-7111
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