GIS students at Mesa College arrive from a wide range of academic disciplines. The diversity in student backgrounds is a perfect compliment to the interdisciplinary field of GIS, where the more you know about a particular profession, the better you are at GIS.
From architecture to zoology, GIS will benefit any subject or vocational field dealing with spatial problems and display. The GISG 110 introductory course has no pre-requisites other than basic English and previous exposure to the Windows operating system. Students who benefit from the program are:
- Full-time employees in public and private agencies seeking to upgrade their professional skills through part-time study (Saturday and evening classes);
- Students wanting to complete the three semester Certificate program;
- Associate Degree program students desiring GIS technician-related employment, or to transfer to a four year program;
- Students who wish to supplement their major course work with one or more GIS electives.
All GIS courses are conducted in a state-of-the-art computer lab with large-memory, high-speed hardware. ArcGIS software is emphasized, together with other mapping or modeling software.