Geography & GIS

The Geography Department at ICC is dedicated to developing students' knowledge of geospatial technologies and how they can be utilized to explore dynamic interrelationships between humans and their environment.

Programs & Degrees

Itasca Community College is committed to meeting the needs of the local and regional community, and offers a fully online, 16 credit Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Certificate. ICC utilizes Environmental Systems Research Institute's ArcGIS software, a world leader in GIS development and applications. GIS is a vital tool that can be applied to areas as diverse as business, law enforcement, urban/regional planning, forestry, health and human services, and its application is well integrated at all levels of government. The curriculum reflects input from local, regional and national GIS professionals, and is tailored to prepare individuals with the technical skills and confidence to be productive within the professional GIS working environment. Job opportunities are excellent nationwide.

Students may enter the program in either fall or spring. The fall entry course sequence allows students to complete the certificate in one year (3 semesters). The spring entry can be completed in a little more than 1 year (5 semesters) and offers a reduced pace to program completion.

The Geography/Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Program is designed to provide individuals with a background in geography, spatial processes, mapping techniques, and the ability to manage and utilize geographic information as a planning and decision-making tool. The program guides the student in developing a sound approach to geographic inquiry and analysis, and provides the opportunity for students to explore the diverse political, economic, social and environmental interrelationships at local, regional and global scales. Embedded in this interdisciplinary science, is a focus on the technical components of mapping, cartographic analysis and production, and the use of state of the art GIS, global positioning systems, and remote sensing software for advanced level data acquisition, integration and spatial analysis. The program maintains articulation agreements with Bemidji State University and the University of Minnesota-Duluth, which facilitates the transfer of ICC credits and allows ample time to complete an additional minor.

Itasca Community College’s Natural Resources program, leading to the Associate of Applied Science Degree is accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF). The Council for Higher Education Accreditation recognizes SAF as the specialized accrediting body for forestry education in the United States.

The Geospatial program ensures students are prepared with a background in both forest management and the ability to effectively utilize technology common to natural resource field technicians. Agencies such as the United States Forest Service and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources seek graduates capable of integrating technological applications within routine, field based duties and the Geospatial emphasis of the Natural Resources program ensures that graduates have these basic skills. Employment outlook for graduates with geospatial skills is excellent and is expected to grow by over 40% by the year 2018 (U.S. Department of Labor).

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GIS Professional Certificate

100% Online GIS Certificate

The Geography Department at ICC is dedicated to developing students' knowledge of geospatial technologies and how they can be utilized to explore dynamic interrelationships between humans and their environment.

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Coursework taken at ICC prepares students for entry level professional work settings and creates a foundation of geographic skill and knowledge for further study. Individuals of all backgrounds and disciplines and expertise are welcome.

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