Geography/Geographic Information Systems

Waubonsee offers a number of geography courses, most of which are approved under the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) for transfer to state universities.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Waubonsee also has an outstanding GIS program, one of the best in the state. There are eight Illinois colleges and universities that offer GIS courses, but Waubonsee is the only institution that offers a complete associate degree in the field.

Waubonsee GIS students train on ArcGIS software, which is recognized by many as the industry standard. There are six GIS courses in the curriculum ranging from basic principles to applications and logistics management.

Students may wish to begin by earning a four-course, 12-credit- hour certificate of achievement, which prepares them for immediate employment in this field.  They can then move on to earn a 27-credit-hour advanced certificate. With 33 additional credit hours, they will have earned their Associate of Applied Science Degree in GIS.

Waubonsee is Putting GIS to Use
Waubonsee Community College was one of 113 colleges and universities nationwide and one of only 12 Illinois colleges to receive Tree Campus USA designation from the Arbor Day Foundation. As part of this honor, the college started a service learning project focused on campus tree information and management. During the fall of 2010, Waubonsee GIS students used hand-held GPS devices and GIS mapping software to identify and plot the locations of 400 trees on the college's 243-acre Sugar Grove Campus.