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Geographic Information Systems

Combine your interest in science and technology by studying in this degree program. By learning specialized computer software that takes images drawn from satellites, GPS waypoints, aerial photography, and any other source of data you will make interactive maps for decision makers from all types of career areas. GIS is a tool that is being applied in environmental studies, county and real estate planning, marketing, history and even law enforcement.

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Program Learning Outcomes

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) A.S. students will:

  • Have a basic understanding of concepts, components, structures, and functionalities of GISs
  • Be able to use common GIS techniques to collect, analyze, process, and present spatial or geographic data.
  • Be able to use Global Positioning System, remotely sensed data, and other online GIS data sources for spatial analysis and mapping
  • Have the knowledge and skills necessary for using commercially available GIS software and seeking entry level position in GIS related industries.
  • Be able to transfer to a four-year B.S. program at participating colleges.


Cayuga Success Stories

Cayuga's GIS program allowed Holly Westcott '02, to combine her interests in environmental issues and computer technology. An internship with the Institute for the Application of Geospatial Technology added practical experience to her classroom learning. "I felt really close to the students and faculty and got a lot of personal attention, which helped me succeed," she says. "Cayuga is a place I highly recommend."

Kristen Cole '02 loves the outdoors, science, and computers. As a GIS student intern at Cayuga, she mapped trails at the Sterling Nature Center and prepared CDs for teachers using GIS in the classroom. After graduation, Kristen went on to the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry to complete a bachelor degree.

Sid Cuff '02 started as a math/science major at Cayuga, but switched to Geographic Information Systems after one elective course. He now works full-time on campus as a GIS specialist with the Institute for the Application of Geospatial Technology.


Specialized Courses

  • Introduction to GIS
  • Remote Sensing and Aerial Photogrammetry
  • Spatial Modeling with Raster GIS
  • Introduction to Vector GIS
  • Advanced GIS
  • GIS Programming


Program Highlights

  • The only community college with a comprehensive GIS degree program. Learn more about the Institute for the Application of Geospatial Technology (IAGT) —
  • Opportunities to work with technology and professionals at the forefront of the field
  • Hands-on training in GIS technology, global positioning system, and remote sensing — GIS Program — Dr. Abu Badruddin's Web Page
  • Professional, paid internship opportunities through the Institute for the Application of Geospatial Technology, a nonprofit organization partially funded by NASA
  • State-of-the-art geographic information technology lab with a complete suite of ESRI software, ERDAS Imagine, IDRISI, and latest GPS receivers
  • Cayuga’s GIS program is transferable to the baccalaureate programs at SUNY Cortland and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Learn more about careers in GIS by clicking on the following links:


For information, please contact:

Abu Badruddin, PhD.
315-255-1743, ext. 2310