Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a technological, problem-solving tool with applications only limited to one's imagination. It is a system designed to answer questions in the sciences, resource management and development planning as well as in a host of other areas. Employers view GIS knowledge and experience as a valuable tool for employees and applicants, giving job candidates a competitive edge.
Without realizing it, people experience GIS applications every day from the GPS systems in their cars to seeing a news story on the projection of how the flu is likely to spread. Even determining traffic flow during construction in a certain area of the city involves GIS. Learn more about what Pennsylvania colleges and universities are doing with GIS.
CCAC is collaborating with faculty, administrators, external GIS experts from Allegheny County, regional four-year institutions and the Local Government Academy to make GIS opportunities available to faculty and students as a way to enhance any academic program. The initiative is managed by the Local, County & State Government Relations and Special Projects department.
GIS Course Being Offered in Summer 2013
The new GIS course: CIT636 - Using Geographic Information Systems is being offered over two Saturdays in May (dates to be announced). The course will meet from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Learn more and register.
GIS Development Committee
Chair of the GIS Development Committee, CCAC computer and information technology professor Richard Greene, continues to work with members to expand GIS course offerings at CCAC and to increase access to GIS databases in ways useful particularly to CCAC's disciplines. Recently, he has been working with CCAC's Alumni Affairs Office on mapping ideas that would assist their work.
Existing GIS Data Collection Project
Professor Greene and the GIS Development Committee continue work on populating GIS case studies on coursework for faculty and administrators who have access. The collection is small but growing and will expand by geography and by topic. Currently, topics that faculty wish to pursue include: health, obesity, researching existing case studies to support other projects, distribution of CIT alumni and current students, energy (including areas within Marcellus Shale) and politics. Topic suggestions and inquiries about getting involved can be sent to Professor Greene at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carnegie Mellon University:
Electronic Maps Pin Point Childhood Obesity Areas
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania:
BA in Geographic Information Science
Penn State University:
Penn State Online Geospatial Education
Robert Morris University:
Introductory GIS Course
Indiana University of Pennsylvania:
Department of Geography & Regional Planning
University of Pittsburgh:
GIS Task Force
Explore the various and potential uses of GIS.
GIS can be applied to a number of disciplines. The following are just a few examples.