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About the Geographic Information Systems Program

How to Get Started

To get started in the GIS program, complete the admissions process at Brookhaven College. 

When you meet with an academic advisor, mention your interest in the GIS Technology program so he or she can help you determine which courses you should take. If you are planning to earn an associate degree or certificate, please note that you must complete 25 percent of your degree requirements at the college awarding the degree.



Dallas County residents pay $177 per three-hour class — that’s $59 per credit hour, or just $708 for a full semester load of 12 credit hours.

Compare that to what you’d pay elsewhere! See our tuition rates for tuition according to your place of residency.


Rising Star Program

If you are a Dallas County high school graduating senior, you may qualify for Rising Star funds to help pay for this program. The Rising Star program offers academic support services and up to $4,000 for tuition and books, if you have established financial need.

Courses Offered (Curriculum)

Our catalog provides detailed information about the courses we offer and the courses required for the following awards:

photo of seafloor mapping in Belize

Developing Skills for Success in the Field

GIS students have the chance to put theory into practice through field trips to a private island in Belize, where they are using GIS technology to map the coral reef — the second longest in the world behind Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

“Our plan is to collect data on the environmental characteristics of the reef by taking two field trips a year over the next decade,” says GIS Program Coordinator Scott Sires. “We’re not trying to create an opinion of the health of the planet, but to do responsible and accurate research — and make that data available for other organizations and individuals to put into their research.”

Sires first took a group of 16 students and four faculty members to Long Key, a Caribbean island east of Belize City, over Thanksgiving break in 2009. With the goal of not only collecting data but also making students more acutely aware of the environment in a precarious ecosystem, the group set out to conduct a baseline study of the fragile reef.

On the field trips, students rotate through three survey teams to study:

  • Coastal health, including identifying and removing shoreline debris
  • Environmental characteristics, taking soil and water samples to gauge properties such as Ph balance, quality, conductivity and other scientific characteristics; and
  • Sea floor mapping, using sonar to perform survey transects.

Accreditation and Affiliations

The colleges of Dallas County Community College District — Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, North Lake and Richland — are individually accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The official statement of accreditation for each college is published on the college’s accreditation Web page.

Related Programs

We offer several related programs that might interest you, including Digital Forensics, Computer Aided Design and Drafting and Computer Information Technology. See other programs in Technology and Data Systems and Computer-Based Arts.

Other Degree and Certificate Options

The colleges of DCCCD offer nearly 350 career and technical degrees and certificates, plus more than 50 academic degrees. For more information, see a chart of degree plans by college or visit the credit programs home page.​​

Faculty Profiles

Our GIS faculty members not only have experience in the classroom but also in their field, so they can relate to the challenges you’ll face in the workplace.

Our instructors work closely with you one-on-one, encouraging you and helping you to succeed in class and on the job. See profiles of our GIS faculty.

Links for More Information

Get more information on GIS and related associations and resources. 

Transfer Information

GIS courses are designed for direct entry into the workforce. However, if you are interested in earning a degree at a four-year institution, please visit the Transfer Services website for guidance on the transfer process.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the GIS program that aren’t answered on our website, please feel free to contact us.