Geographic information systems (GIS) are essential to almost every industry — from urban planning and environmental protection to manufacturing and the military. GIS technologies help businesses and organizations visualize the world by capturing, displaying and analyzing geographic and spatial data on maps and charts.
At Southern New Hampshire University, you can learn the mapping and programming skills you need to enter or advance in this emerging, high-growth field in the online Bachelor of Science in Information Technologies program with a concentration in Geographic Information Systems. This online GIS degree concentration will equip you with the expertise needed to compete for entry- to mid-level jobs in IT and GIS. Through courses like Geospatial Programming and Foundations of Data Analytics, you’ll gain the applied geospatial skillsets and hands-on experience that’s essential for today’s high-tech workforce.
If you've earned IT certifications through CompTIA, Oracle, or TestOut, you may be eligible to receive credit toward your degree program. If you’re seeking certification, our IT courses will help you prepare for the exams.
The online BS IT geographic information systems degree concentration focuses on teaching you the tools and techniques offered by GIS technologies. You'll explore the acquisition, integration and analysis of geospatial data that's applicable to a wide array of topics and issues on an organizational and global scale. While you build upon your skillset by learning mapping software and geospatial programming concepts, you'll also gain the critical-thinking and communication skills required for skillful analysis and presentation of your work. You'll also have access to state-of-the-art software and productivity tools using SNHU's virtual desktop.
By earning the online BS in Information Technologies degree with a GIS concentration, you'll be prepared to:
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your geographic information systems degree online at SNHU include:
The demand for GIS skills and expertise is especially strong in green occupations created by green economy activities, like analyzing GIS data to promote better land use in urban planning and determining the best locations for renewable energy sites.
Geographers should expect to see about 6 percent job growth through 2026.* Those with expertise and experience working with geographic technologies like GIS should have the best job prospects. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics also sees better job opportunities for those who have the technological experience to complete projects and solve problems in the industry.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the Internet, at Geographers (viewed online November 6, 2017). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.
The online bachelor’s in information technologies and GIS degree programs are taught by knowledgeable faculty members with years of real-world experience. The IT coursework will provide you with the fundamental information technologies, systems and data manipulation methods necessary to support organizational decision-making strategies and recommend effective solutions. In the GIS concentration courses, you’ll learn how to use mapping tools and software, like ArcGIS, and gain foundational geospatial programming skills.
Learn the fundamentals of programming concepts including data types, variables, decision statements, loops, input and output. Develop simple scripts using common scripting language constructs including lists, literals, and regular expressions. Gain an introduction to programming through hands-on activities that are beginner-friendly.
This course is an introduction to the design, implementation, and understanding of computer programs. The course emphasizes programming as a problem-solving technique in business and engineering applications. Students will write computer code in a logical, structured, and organized manner. The course also covers the key concepts of object orientation, including inheritance, encapsulation, polymorphism and communication with messages. Other topics include classes and objects, base classes and class hierarchies, abstract and concrete classes. Students will learn to write, review and document interactive applications and working with Software Development Kits and Integrated Development Environment tools. This is a programming course and lab intense.
This course offers a broad introduction to the tools and applications students will need to become successful professionals in the IT environment. Students will examine the core information technologies of human-computer interaction, information management, programming, networking, web systems and technologies, as well as information assurance and security.
This course provides the hardware/software technology background for information technology personnel. Hardware topics include CPU architecture, memory, registers, addressing modes, busses, instruction sets and a variety of input/output devices. Software topics include operating system modules, process management, memory and file system management. Also included are basic network components and multi-user operating systems. Offered every year.
This course provides students with the necessary level of information technology education relative to understanding the uses and roles of information systems in business organizations. Students receive instruction on the information concepts and methodologies associated with the development of business information systems, and their effective application to the solution of business problems. Students learn the major issues of managing information technology in the contemporary business environment and the relationship between organizations' structures and information technology. Team approaches are utilized along with structured computer laboratories and cases using spreadsheet and database management tools. Writing intensive course.
Develop database designs using industry-standard modelling tools and techniques. Evaluate user requirements to identify optimal database models that solve common business problems. Examine approaches to structural and object-orient design that consider today's varied data types.
Employ project management strategies specific to IT projects. Examine responsibilities of key stakeholders. Explain project planning with key considerations related to risk management and project tracking.
This course addresses the importance of understanding and advocating for the end user in the development of IT applications and systems. Students will be exposed to Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) fundamentals including user and task analysis, human factors, ergonomics, accessibility standards, and cognitive psychology. Emphasis will be placed on user-centered methodologies in the development, evaluation, and deployment of IT applications and systems.
This course provides an in-depth knowledge of data communications and networking theory, concepts and requirements relative to telecommunications and networking technologies, structures, hardware and software. Emphasis is on the concepts of communications theory and practices, terminology, and the analysis and design of networking applications. Management of telecommunications networks, cost-benefit analysis and evaluation of connectivity options are covered. Students can design, build and maintain a local area network (LAN). Offered as needed.
This course explores the basic concepts in cybersecurity and information assurance. Topics include security policies, models, and mechanisms for secrecy, integrity, and availability of communications and information. The course also covers approaches to prevent, detect and recover from the loss of information, cryptography and its applications, vulnerability scanning, functions of a chief security officer software applications and web services for maintaining information security and security in computer networks and distributed systems.
The course focuses on the essential oral and written communication tools and strategies used when communicating in technology organizations, emphasizing on how to make information more usable and accessible to multiple audiences. Students will review how to develop functional specifications and proposals, training programs, technical illustrations, and web information architecture.
This course stresses the social and professional context of IT and computing related to ethical codes of conduct. Students will examine the historical, social, professional, ethical, and legal aspects of computing in the 21st century.
This is the first of a two-part capstone course for IT majors which covers the major methodologies used in Systems Analysis, Design, and Implementation. This course focuses mainly on the systems analysis part of the systems development process and emphasizes SDLC (Software Development Life Cycle). Different system development strategies are examined within the broader context of identifying and understanding the detailed stages the make up the systems analysis process. Students will learn how to a perform feasibility analysis, and to create a system proposal. Fact finding techniques used to determine system requirements will be identified and studied. Standard graphical modeling tools used in systems analysis will be covered: process modeling with data flow diagrams; data modeling with entity relationship diagrams; and object-oriented modeling using UML. The basic activities of project management are examined. Students will be assigned a systems development project case with concrete milestones, enabling the practical application of concepts presented in the course. This is a lab intensive course.
This is the second part of the Capstone course for IT majors. The student groups will implement and document the systems project designed in IT 415 using an appropriate computer programming language or database management system. The instructor and students critique all projects weekly. Offered every year.
This capstone course is the culminating experience for the B.S. in Information Technologies program. The aim of the capstone is to assess students' ability to synthesize and integrate the knowledge and skills they have developed throughout their coursework, rather than introducing new concepts. This course is structured to support student success in fulfilling program requirements.
This course emphasizes the algebra and concepts of functions. Students will learn the properties and graphing techniques for different types of functions including: linear, polynomial, rational, trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Students will also learn to solve a variety of real world problems that rely on a number of different problem solving strategies and an understanding of these different types of functions. This course is intended for those students who wish to prepare for Calculus.
Examine the applications of differential and integral calculus within the fields of STEM. Learn about limits, continuity, derivatives, differentiation, integration, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Develop in-depth knowledge of techniques of calculus used to solve application problems encountered in STEM studies.
The human relations skills that managers need to develop interaction skills that contribute directly to effective human resource management and the development of higher productivity are studied. Skill areas include leadership, motivation, communications, group dynamics, organizational development, management by objectives, and stress and time management. Students learn techniques for becoming more effective managers, subordinates, peers and persons. Students are introduced to the international aspects of human relations.
Select four courses from DAD, DAT, IT, GAM or MIS, excluding IT-100
The emergence of new data sources is transforming the role of the data analyst from one who simply reports information to one who is charged with making sense of the available data and distilling from it the salient aspects for the given audience. In this course, students will examine the concepts of data analysis and how it informs the business process. Emphasis will be placed on the development of sound research questions, the identification and verification of data sources, the retrieval, cleaning, and manipulation of data, and the process for identifying the data elements that are relevant for a given audience. An overview of the regulatory organizations that govern the release of data will also be reviewed.
Structured Query Language (SQL) is at the heart of many data systems. In this course, students learn the basics of SQL programming as it relates to data management,data manipulation, and data analysis.
This course is designed to introduce the student into the exciting new world of mapping software. Mapping software has found many uses throughout government, universities, business, as well as in the public policy arena. Students will learn how to use mapping tools that are available with data driven web sites, as well as learn how to create their own maps with mapping software. Students will learn how to work with different kinds of data sets and how to incorporate them into customized maps for analysis and presentation.
This course will provide the fundamental skills necessary for geospatial programming. Topics will include calling geographic processing tools, batch processing, performing file input/output in an external computing language and building, graphical user interfaces, and displays. To support these tasks, students will learn basic object-oriented programming concepts.
Free Elective Credits: 6
Total Credits: 120
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30 percent tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
*Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
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