Geospatial Technology - Curriculum

The Geospatial Technology curriculum prepares students to use technical skills and advanced computer hardware and software for programming, database management, and internet applications using geographic data and geographic information systems.

Course work includes instruction in computer-assisted cartography, geographic information systems, map design and layout, photogrammetry, air photo interpretation, remote sensing, spatial analysis, geodesy, cartographic editing, global navigation satellite system technology, and applications to specific industrial, commercial, research, and governmental mapping problems. Students also build soft skills vital to employability and personal and professional success such as interpersonal and teamwork skills, communication skills, and problem solving skills. Instructors endeavor to develop a spirit of lifelong learning among students. Where possible, the program also incorporates competencies from industry-recognized and government certifications, including the FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate with sUAS rating for students in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems certificate.

Graduates should qualify for employment in entry-level positions with businesses, utility providers, and governmental agencies as field technicians, or mapping and database assistants.

With the exception of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Certificate, this program of study is offered in a 100% online environment. Students can complete the degree, diploma, and/or certificate options from a distance without ever coming to the ECC campus. Only one course in the UAS Certificate requires in-person attendance.

Students may also be interested in the Information Technology program.

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Geospatial Technology - Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of a Geospatial Technology degree:

  1. Students will demonstrate the ability to collect, manipulate, and manage data using geospatial equipment, techniques, and methods.
  2. Students will demonstrate the ability to think spatially and perform spatial analysis on geographically referenced data.
  3. Students will demonstrate the ability to create effective visual, tabular, and analytical products such as maps, graphs, charts, statistics, databases, tables, models, and web applications.
  4. Students will demonstrate proficiency in the use of GIS tools to create maps that are fit-for-purpose and effectively convey the information they are intended to.
  5. Students will demonstrate the ability to apply GIS technology to evaluate real-world problems, and communicate the GIS project process and results in written and graphic media at a professional level.
  6. Students will demonstrate the ability to ensure the quality of data and products meet professional and industry standards.

Some programs at Edgecombe Community College lead to a license and/or certification in North Carolina. Beginning July 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education regulations require disclosures for all programs leading to a license or certification. Disclosures will be provided for all states and will indicate whether the program meets licensure requirements, does not meet licensure requirements or has not yet been determined for each state.

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Geospatial Technology - Contact

Trey Cherry

Department Chair - Information Technology Studies

Office 204, Fleming Building, Tarboro Campus
(252) 618-6622

High School Students

Shawn Dawes

Early College Liaison and High School Coordinator

Office 18, Fountain Building, Tarboro Campus
(252) 618-6546