The Geographic Information Technology (GIT) Degree program offers a rigorous curriculum in geospatial technology, encompassing the areas of GIS, survey, remote sensing, database and programming in addition to general education courses. Students completing the degree will be prepared to work in the geospatial industry or continue on to 4-year studies in geography at UNM or NMSU.
Students will study Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and related geospatial technologies including satellite-based mapping systems, remote sensing, and land survey. Practical, lab-based applications are emphasized. Both the certificate and degree options are offered as stand-alone choices for the student. Students who complete the GIT degree may choose to enter the work force or continue their education at a 4-year institution. It is critical to meet with an advisor or program Chair to design your academic schedule as some courses may be offered only in certain terms.
This program can be completed part-time or full-time.
This program can be started: Any term.
It is critical to meet with an advisor or program Chair to design your academic schedule as some courses may be offered only in certain terms.
Primary course location: Advanced Technology Center (ATC) and field locations.
Special requirements for this program
The technologies taught in this program are based fundamentally on computer software applications. Students should be willing to spend a good deal of time working with computers and associated equipment.
Some courses are not eligible for Financial Aid. Please check the list here when considering a course.
Students completing the degree will be prepared to work in the geospatial industry or continue on to 4-year studies in geography at UNM or NMSU.
Many of the courses in this program are transferable and some may be applied to four-year degree programs at other institutions. CNM currently has transfer agreements with many colleges and universities in New Mexico and elsewhere.
The geospatial industry has been identified by the Department of Labor as a high-growth emerging industry. GIS and related software and technologies are commonly used by numerous government and private organizations, and there are a wide range of fields including land survey, environmental, land management, business, and others in which degree and certificate graduates can find employment.
Career and technical education courses in this program will qualify for credit for a period of ten academic years. Due to changing technologies, trends, and professional demands, courses completed ten or more years in the past will satisfy program requirements only if they are approved by the instructional school in which they were offered. Cohorted programs may have additional restrictions.