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Geographic Information Systems (Certificate)
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Online degrees available. Online education gives you flexibility to take classes that fit your schedule.Online degrees available. Online education gives you flexibility to take classes that fit your schedule.

Geographic Information Systems (Certificate)


Learn more about the program's designation as a Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) in Geospatial Sciences.

This certificate program prepares students to work as GIS Technicians. A GIS Degree Program is also available which prepares students for careers as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analysts. Students receive specialized training in geographic fundamentals, GIS database design, spatial analysis, demographic analysis, computer programming, digital image analysis, cartographic design and global positioning system (GPS) principles. Students become skilled in using popular GIS software packages and GPS mapping products. They gain the knowledge and ability to use modern analysis tools to display information relative to features on the ground, below ground or above ground. Small, economical computer systems now have the speed and software to empower a trained user to manage, present and analyze geographic information.

Work Settings

GIS has multi-disciplinary applications, therefore, employment opportunities are varied. Career opportunities include, federal, state and local government; public utilities, law enforcement, natural resources, parks and recreation, real estate, transportation, market analysis, defense and military. Many positions include field work along with office work.


The GIS courses are offered in the evenings at the Oak Ridge Campus.


Salary ranges vary widely depending on type of organization, previous work experience, and additional credentials of graduates. However, an entry-level salary of $30,000 - $35,000 can be anticipated in the local area. Salary can be expected to increase significantly along with work experience.


Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

  1. Submit an RSCC Admissions Application. Indicate on the application you are interested in the GIS certificate.
  2. Submit required proof of immunizations.
  3. Submit OFFICIAL transcripts from all high schools or colleges you have attended to the Office of Records and Registration. An official transcript is one that is in an unopened sealed envelope from the high school or college.
  4. See your advisor to help you prepare a certificate checklist. Your advisor information can be found on RaiderNet.
  5. At this point you are ready to begin the GIS Certificate Program.

Roane State Tuition & Fees

Roane State's current tuition and fee listing can be found here. Additional expenses include books and digital storage media (CD-ROMs, DVDs). Online students will need to have access to a computer that will run the GIS software and optionally purchase a GPS unit. GPS units sufficient for coursework can be purchased for approximately $125. Timed licenses of the GIS software are available at no cost to students.

Click here to view full Cost of Attendance (COA) information.



Pat Wurth
Click above for email address
(865) 354-3000 ext. 2275
Associate Professor


Pat Wurth • (865) 354-3000 ext. 2275 • Click name for email address

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