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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
Dallas County residents pay $156 per three-hour class — that’s $52
per credit hour, or just $624 for a full semester load of 12 credit
Compare that to what you’d pay elsewhere! See our tuition rates for tuition according to your place of residency.
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:
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
On the field trips, students rotate through three survey teams to study:
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.
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.
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.
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 InformationGet 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.