Geography/Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

This program is offered through a partnership between Hibbing Community College and Itasca Community College.

Program Description

The Geography/Geographic Information Systems (GIS) program is designed to provide individuals with a background in geography, spatial processes, mapping techniques, and the ability to manage and utilize geographic information as a planning and decision-making tool. The program guides the student in developing a sound approach to geographic inquiry and analysis, and provides the opportunity for students to explore the diverse political, economic, social and environmental interrelationships at local, regional and global scales. Embedded in this interdisciplinary science, is a focus on the technical components of mapping, cartographic analysis and production, and the use of state of the art GIS and remote sensing software for advanced level data acquisition, integration and spatial analysis. The program maintains articulation agreements with Bemidji State University and the University of Minnesota-Duluth, which facilitates the transfer of ICC credits and allows ample time to complete an additional minor.

Employment Opportunities

The outlook for employment in the fields of Geography and Geographic Information Systems is excellent. It’s no secret that having GIS skill significantly enhances your employment prospects and long-term career opportunities. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics research shows that many fields directly within and/or related to GIS will be expanding rapidly over the next decade—take a look at these expected growth rates!

  • Cartography and Remote Sensing - 20% increase
  • Geographers, GIS Technicians—29%

Keep in mind that employment where GIS skill is utilized spans a very wide range of settings not limited to urban/regional planning, transportation, agriculture, business, environment and natural resources, wildland fire, archeology, law enforcement, disaster response, health/human services, utilities and more!

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