Hudson County Community College Offers Degree Program in Geographic Information Science (GIS)

Posted: 4/19/2012
Jennifer Christopher or Roger Jones

Prospective students are invited to learn more about the GIS degree program —
and the Homeland Security Certificate Program —
at the College’s April 26 Open House


March 7, 2012, Jersey City, NJ – Hudson County Community College announced the inauguration of an Associate of Science Degree Program in Geographic Information Science (GIS), a field with great potential and applications in nearly every sector of the economy. The College will hold an Open House for prospective students on Thursday, April 26, 2012 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. in the College’s Culinary Arts Institute/Conference Center, 161 Newkirk Street — just two blocks from the Journal Square PATH station in Jersey City.

Geographic information systems integrate computer hardware and software to capture, manage, analyze and utilize geographically referenced data. GIS is being integrated into transportation, utilities, land records, city planning, emergency management, homeland security, law enforcement, architecture, construction, archeology, education and much, much more.

HCCC President Dr. Glen Gabert said the need for GIS technicians is increasing as more and more industries incorporate the technology into their day-to-day operations. “Great career possibilities exist for individuals who hold the Associate Degree in Geographic Science, and it’s likely the applications of GIS will keep increasing,” Dr. Gabert stated.

The HCCC Associate of Science Degree Program in GIS is a concentrated 64-hour course of study in which students develop competency in map science related to GIS, including map projections, map scales, types of thematic maps, field mapping techniques (including GPS), and map accuracy. Additionally, students will learn computer programming, the fundamentals of remote sensing, computer logic and database design and concepts.

The College also offers a Certificate Program in Homeland Security, another course of study that has dozens of applications in both the public and private sectors, and that includes GIS. Those who earn the Certificate will likely be eligible for rewarding, stable, good-paying positions with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and more than 20 federal agencies affiliated with DHS, such as the U.S. Coast Guard, Customs & Border Protection, FBI, FEMA, FDA, U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement, Transportation Security Administration and others. There is also a call for individuals with this training in several state and local agencies and in private industries.

The Homeland Security Gateway Certificate Program is offered through the College’s Community Education Division, and includes five courses taught by practicing professionals who coach students toward meeting their goals. Since this is a Community Education program there is no pre-admission testing, and the courses are offered at substantial savings. The courses may be transferred into for-credit studies in Criminal Justice and Homeland Security at HCCC and several other colleges and universities.

“We encourage anyone interested in these courses of study to attend the March 22 Open House. Instructors will be available to answer questions in person,” Dr. Gabert said.

Further information about the Associate of Science Degree Program in Geographic Information Science program may contact M. Rafiq Siddiqui, HCCC Instructor/Computer Science Coordinator by phoning (201) 360-4285 or emailing Additional information on the College’s Homeland Security Gateway Certificate Program may be obtained by calling Shirley Gazsi at (201) 360-4256 or emailing