Geographic Information Systems

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is an exciting technology that combines data with mapping.  It is used in the analysis and decision making of a variety of disciplines and allows organizations to better understand the environment and manage their resources.

What is GIS?

A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a collection of computer hardware and software used to collect, organize and analyze data tied to a location on the Earth's surface.  Information about physical features (i.e., types of trees, rivers) or human features (i.e., population, religion, health) can be placed into a GIS and examined, directly linking it to a location on the Earth's surface.  By combining all types of data together in a GIS, users can explore their world, test ideas and manage resources.

Want to Learn More about GIS?

Here are some links to other sites that do a good job explaining what GIS is and why it is important.

Click here for an introduction to GIS by ATETV.

Click here for an ATETV production of a student's perspective on GIS.


Tulsa Community College's GIS Certificate Program provides students with the opportunity to begin developing a career as a GIS Technician.

For information on the types of courses offered in the Certificate Program click here.

Student taking GIS Certificate courses are eligible to receive education credit towards the GIS Certification awarded by the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI). The GISCI is a non-profit organization that provides a certification process for GIS professionals. GIS professionals that have successfully completed the GISCI's certification process carry the GISP designation. Most of TCC's GIS faculty have successfully completed the GISCI certification and are GISPs. For more information on the GISCI and its certification process click here.