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Geographic Information and Global Positioning Certificate

Geographic Information and Global Positioning Certificate Description

The Geographic Information and Global Positioning Technology captures interest and develops talent in mapping, scientific data collection, computers and much more. Applications of this technology vary widely and include environmental monitoring, natural resource management, emergency planning, transportation systems design and site analysis.

Geographic Information System, or GIS, is a computer system capable of capturing, manipulating, analyzing and displaying geographic data. Global Positioning System, or GPS, is a system that uses satellites and ground based receivers to find locations and create geographic data. GIS/GPS technology is expanding rapidly across business, industry and government. This new technology is sweeping land management professions. Students will experience the revolutionary manner in which GIS manages, manipulates, analyzes and displays geographically referenced data. GIS offers unparalleled planning speed and versatility to land managers.


This 16-credit certificate is a great addition to any of the other degree options in the School of Natural Resources. Typically, several of the classes required in the certificate program are also required in other Natural Resource programs. This makes it easy for students to complete the certificate without greatly extending their graduation date.

The surveying and mapping skills acquired in this certificate will increase the employment possibility of any Hocking College graduate. Furthermore, these skills are also quite attractive to both private and government organizations, as well as Baccalaureate students that use spatial data as a part of their business. These courses are offered on a regular basis but can also be offered in a more compact and modular form if there is a group need.

Hocking College offers all-inclusive pricing and works with students to assure they have complete college funding, including financial aid, before they start classes. Please reference the course curriculum tab for program costs.

All-inclusive pricing includes the following:


$300......Learning Fee

$20........Health Center Services

$75........Career Center Services



$275....Smart Start*

Pricing for housing and meal plans can be found here.

*Recommended for all first-year college students.

A Career in Geographic Information & Global Positioning Offers a lot of Variety to Graduates

Geographic Information and Global Positioning is currently used at all levels of government, business, and industry, offering graduates a large variety of industries to use their certification.

Employment opportunities are available with auditors, city planners, engineers, fire and police departments, resource planners, service providers, utility companies, and federal, state and local governments.

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Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are statements of what a student will be able to do when they have completed a program. They represent the knowledge and skills a program has determined are most important for students to gain from that program and include both the Success Skills (institutional outcomes) and Program Outcomes. SLOs are specific and measurable so the program can accurately assess the degree to which students have achieved each outcome, and they align with college and institution mission and values. Data on the achievement of SLOs is used to make improvements in the program and increase student success. 

Success Skills

  • CE - Communicates Effectively
  • PA - Maintains Professional Skills and Attitudes
  • CT - Demonstrates Learning Critical Thinking, and Problem Solving Skills
  • ET - Maintains a Code of Ethics
  • HR - Practices Human Relations Skills
  • MS - Demonstrates Math Skills
  • GA - Demonstrates Community, Cultural and Global Awareness
  • IT - Implements Career-Appropriate Technology

To learn more about each of these, click here.

Program Outcomes

The following outcomes are skills, behaviors, and attitudes cultivated in students seeking the Geographic Information and Global Positioning Technology Certificate:

  • Collect, manipulate and manage data using geospatial equipment, techniques, and methods;
  • Utilize basic geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), surveying and cartographic skills;
  • Ensure quality of data and product meets professional and industry standards;
  • Create effective visual, tabular, and analytical products i.e. maps, graphs, charts, statistics, databases, tables and models;
  • Ability to think spatially and perform spatial analysis on geographically referenced data;
  • Assist in development and implementation of a project plan while monitoring time constraints;
  • Use verbal and written communication skills;
  • Use interpersonal skills to collaborate with others, establish relationships, network, market, and advocate for projects and the profession;
  • Develop professional skills and continue to update them; and,
  • Exhibit versatility and the ability to change, problem solve and maintain balance.

Retention Rates

Retention rates are determined by the office of Institutional Research utilizing the following criteria:
  • All registered fall/autumn students with registration status for the following fall/autumn.
  • Excludes special populations - College Credit Plus, Non Degree, Online Military and University Center.
  • Potential for upcoming fall/autumn excludes graduates from that fall/autumn, spring and summer terms.
Academic Year Retention Rate
2016 - 2017 0%
2015 - 2016 0%
2014 - 2015 0%


Graduation Rates 

Graduation rates are determined by the office of Institutional Research. To ensure appropriate time for data collection, this report will be run and posted annually in the last week of September for the previous academic year. It should be noted that annual graduation rates may change as students continue to graduate. The following criteria will be utilized for the calculation of graduation rates:

  • Overall Program Completion Rate is defined as a percentage of the ratio: 

    All graduates of the program
    All students with the program in their history of programs of study

  • For the purposes of reporting, the program completion rates are aggregated by academic year of entry.
  • A student is considered to have completed or graduated from a program or certificate by virtue of having been awarded the degree or certificate.
  • A student is considered to be undertaking activity in a program of study for the duration of time that they are in an active status in a program or certificate. This is defined by having a Program of Study with a status of ‘A’ during the duration of time they are taking coursework.  Should a student move in and out of active status in a program of study while continuing to take coursework, we only take into account the student’s activity while the program has an active status for that particular program of study.
Academic Year Graduation Rate
2016 - 2017 33.33%
2015 - 2016 0%
2014 -2015 0%

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