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Submitter's Information


Roy Mason




Inland Empire/Desert


Mt. San Jacinto College

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Joyce Johnson

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Program Details

Program Title

Drone Applications in GIS

Submission Type

Program Modifications (formerly substantial changes)

TOPs Code

Geographic Information Systems (220610)

Projected Start Date


Catalog Description

The use of drones is a rapidly growing industry set to revolutionize the business and industry world as well as governmental safety and social services. The certificate in Drone Applications in GIS provides students with access to exciting and rewarding “white collar” vocational career opportunities including the use of Drone Technology and Piloting in the Geospatial Information Science careers. 

The certificate program include specialize drone courses as well as applicable GIS and Geography courses:

Enrollment Completer Projections

It is anticipated that 24 students will earn the certificate or degree annually.

Program Proposal Attributes

Program Award Type(s) (Check all that apply)
  • Certificate of Achievement: 16 or greater semester (or 24 or greater quarter) units (C)
Program Goal

This is a restructuring of the Geography certificate and degree at MSJC. A new GIS department was created to revitalize the courses, and provide a GIS certificate and degree in order to meet specific geospatial information technology workforce needs. fIn addition to the new certificate and degree programs it establishes student success GIS career exploration stations within the current MSJC Maker Space to introduce and engage students GIS careers and course work and provides for equipment and supplies to develop a new GIS laboratory classroom. 

Course Units and Hours

Total Certificate Units (Minimum and Maximum)

18 -24

Units for Degree Major or Area of Emphasis (Minimum and Maximum)


Total Units for Degree (Minimum and Maximum)


Course Report

Program Requirements Narrative

1.       GIS 540 Digital Imaging with Drones (3 units)

2.       GIS 541 Digital Imaging with Drones II (3 units)

3.       GIS 542 Introduction to Remote Sensing and Drone Data Processing (3 units)

4.       GIS 544 UAS Procedures and Regulations (Part 107 License Exam Prep) course (1 unit)

5.       ENVS 101 Introduction to Environmental (Science 3 units)

6.       GIS 115 Introduction to Geographic Information Science (3 units)

7.       GIS 120/520 Intermediate Geographic Information Systems. (3units)

Program Requirements
(Y1 or S1)
GIS 115Introduction to Geographic Information Science
GIS 120/520
 Intermediate Geographic Information Systems
GIS 540
Digital Imaging with Drones
GIS 541
Digital Imaging with Drones II
GIS 542 
Introduction to Remote Sensing and Drone Data Processing

ENVS 101            Introduction to Environmental Science    3                2021/Fall

Supporting Documents

Inland/Empire Desert Regional Questions

Submission Details

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04/22/21 - 03:03 PM



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Diann Thursby Super User   ·  05/10/21

Received regional recommendation at 5-10-2021 IEDRC Deans Meeting.