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Online GIS Courses

Can't make it to campus? No problem. We offer flexible online courses that allow you to focus on the curriculum, not the commute.

Whether taking courses in the classroom, online or both, all ACC GIS students are provided the same learning outcomes.

Level I Certificate

Online students pursuing the Level I Certificate complete the same 20 semester hours and 512 contact hours of modularized curriculum as classroom students. However, online students have the opportunity to accelerate their learning and complete their GIS Level I Certificate within 8 to 12 months.

This program is great for students comfortable with online learning who wish to pursue a GIS certificate outside of the traditional classroom semester.

Complete the form at the bottom of this page to be contacted by ACC GIS Instructor Stephanie Long at for more information on enrollment.


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I apply? All applicants must live in Texas and be an ACC student. If you are not an ACC student, you must apply to the college and obtain your ACC ID before enrolling.

How much will the online GIS Level I Certificate cost? The cost of the online program is the same as a traditional GIS Level I Certificate, approximately $1,700 total. Out of district students incur higher fees.

How long will it take to complete an online GIS Level I Certificate? This is an accelerated program which empowers students to progress faster than students in a traditional classroom semester. The program as a whole should be completed in less than 12 months, but can be completed as quickly as 3 months.

Do students attend class? Not in person. Students access the course materials and assessments (e.g. quizzes, tests, assignments, projects) online through ACC's learning management system (the course website). Weekly communication with the instructor and classmates is conducted online using Google Gmail and Hangouts.

Are there scheduled due dates? Students enrolled in a course develop their own custom schedule based on at least one topic per week.

What courses are offered? All courses required to complete a GIS Level I Certificate include: Introduction to GIS, Introduction to Database, Intermediate GIS, Map Design and Use, Data Acquisition and Analysis, and the Capstone.

What happens when I master a course? Once you complete a course, simply start the next course (i.e. you don't have to wait until the end of a semester). Mastery equates to a letter grade of ‘B’ or better.

Do I need a computer? Yes. A desktop or laptop computer with a Windows Operating System and access to the Internet is required. The computer should be less than three years old and capable of running ESRI's ArcGIS Pro desktop software.

What course materials are provided to the student through our online format? All students are given access to all course materials on day one. This includes annotated lecture slides, lecture videos recorded by full time faculty members, reading materials, quizzes, exercises, software demonstrations, tests and projects. Students are also provided licenses to the required software used in each course.

Will I have an instructor? Yes. There is a full-time GIS instructor that will be available to answer questions, provide feedback, and grade assessments.

Who do I contact for more information? Please contact ACC GIS Instructor Stephanie Long at for more information or simply submit the form below.