Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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Contact: Sam Lombardo, Program Manager • • 240.629.7952 Admissions: Jefferson Hall (J200) • • 301.624.2716 Advising: Jefferson Hall (J200) • • 301.846.2471 Financial Aid: Jefferson Hall (J300) • • 301.846.2620
Contact: Sam Lombardo, Program Manager


Use the Online Application to apply for admission to FCC. This is the first step to enrolling in credit courses to get a degree or certificate. After you apply, you will receive a letter in the mail which contains your student ID number and your email username that will allow you to access your online myFCC account. Prior to enrolling, prospective veteran and military students should speak with an Education Services Officer (ESO) or an FCC Veteran and Military Services representative. Please call 301-624-2836 to set up an appointment. You will need this information for each step of the enrollment process.

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your qualifications for federal and state aid, institutional grants, work study options, and student loans.

Apply for scholarships through the FCC Foundation.
Visit Cost & Financial Aid for information about paying your bill and applying for financial aid.
View enrollment checklists for new students.
View all required registration forms.

FCC operates with open admissions by offering admittance to all students who apply to the College. Some areas of study have additional, program-level admissions requirements. Selective admissions programs include: NursingRespiratory CareSurgical Technology, and the Honors College.

Recognizing that not everyone arrives with the same educational background, and not everyone is ready for the same level of math and English classes, there are a few things you will need to do to help us to successfully place you academically.

To comply with the Maryland College and Career Readiness Act of 2013 and the Academic Placement and Assessment Procedure of FCC, the College requires that:

  • Upon entering the College, all new students, unless otherwise exempted, must complete all mathematics, reading, writing, and skills placement tests before enrolling in developmental or credit courses.
  • Upon entering the College, all new students who are seeking a degree must file a degree plan that is developed in consultation with an academic advisor.
  • Upon reaching 24 credits, all new students must have completed developmental courses and the first college-level English and math courses required by their degree plan.

If you are seeking non-credit continuing education courses for professional development, skill building, or personal enrichment, visit Continuing Education & Workforce Development (CEWD) Registration.


All new students must complete placement tests in mathematics, reading, writing, and skills placement before enrolling in developmental or credit courses. In special circumstances, the College may exempt placement test requirements for students with previous college credits, grades, or test scores that meet specific criteria.

In order to determine if you need to take placement tests you will need to submit the following documents:
  1. High school transcript and previous college transcripts
  2. College entrance exam scores from SAT and/or ACT
  3. Advanced Placement (AP) test scores and International Baccalaureate (IB) test scores

These documents will determine which placement tests you are required to take, the courses you should register for, and/or the courses you are eligible to receive credit for based on previous grades or scores.


FCC administers the ACCUPLACER test to ensure the appropriate placement level for all new students. Students are advised to prepare for the ACCUPLACER test as they would any other exam to confirm accurate placement by academic skill level. For more information about the ACCUPLACER and academic placement and assessment, visit the Testing Center.

To be exempt from the ACCUPLACER, you need to have earned the following scores within the past five years:

SAT Score
  • Reading: 480
  • Math: 530
ACT Score
  • English: 21
  • Reading: 21
  • Math: 21
AP Score
  • English Language & Composition: 3 or better
  • English Literature & Composition: 3 or better
  • Calculus or Statistics: 3 or better
IB Score
  • Language: A
  • Literature: SL or HL and/or Language A
  • Language & Literature: SL or HL
  • Mathematics: SL or HL and/or Further Math

3See Advisor

New credit students seeking a degree are required to consult an advisor to develop a degree plan. New students should schedule a consultation after completing the admissions and testing steps, and activating a myFCC account.


All new students planning to attend FCC for their first college experience will participate in the ROAR program, which includes:

  • an online orientation, presented by FCC students to prepare you for college
  • an on-campus meeting with an advisor to help you develop your academic plan
  • the registration lab where you'll learn how to enroll yourself into classes

Learn more and start the ROAR process here.


Dual enrollment and transfer students should submit official college transcripts from previous institutions to the Registration & Records Office for official transfer credit evaluation prior to meeting with an academic advisor.


Walk-in advising is available in the Counseling & Advising Office. You can also send a message to email advising via your myFCC email account. When you meet with an advisor, be sure to bring your photo ID and any documents that might be helpful (unofficial transcripts, test results, ACT/SAT scores).


For more information about academic planning and advising, see Counseling & Advising.


There are two ways to register for classes:

  1. Register online for credit courses using Campus Solutions
  2. Register in-person via the Enrollment Center (Jefferson Hall Suite 101).

In addition to registering for classes, Campus Solutions allows you to make a payment, see your grades, obtain unofficial transcripts, print class schedules, and update your personal information.


Your enrollment at Frederick Community College is complete when you have paid for your courses. Please take note of important payment deadlines. You can either pay in-full or sign up for the interest-free payment plan.

‭To apply for Financial Assistance, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and take advantage of federal, state, and institutional grants, work study, and student loans.

To apply for Scholarships through The FCC Foundation, Inc., click here.

For more information about paying your bill and financial aid, see Cost and Financial Aid.

6Buy Books

Textbooks are available through the FCC bookstore. Have your course schedule ready to easily find the required textbooks for your courses.

7Attend Class

Congratulations! You are enrolled and ready to begin attending classes at Frederick Community College. If you have questions or need additional guidance during your time of study, please reach out to your program manager or academic advisor. Some students may be eligible for specialized advising through the Office of Multicultural Student Services, the Services for Students with Disabilities, Veteran and Military Services, or the Office of Adult Services. Check your myFCC account and your FCC email for important alerts and announcements.

GIS - Public Safety Letter of Recognition Designed to offer a series of courses which will serve as the foundation for preparing students to use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and related technologies consistent with entry-level employment in public safety. Students will learn foundational GIS principles, how they are used in a variety of public safety careers, and the core skills for utilizing those principles themselves.

TO COMPLETE “FEMA XXX” COURSE REQUIREMENTS: Students should successfully complete and pass the exam for the FEMA Independent Study (IS) courses specified in italics. Upon doing so, they should then visit to verify and convert that progress into the appropriate FEMA credit.

NOTE: The FEMA Independent Study requirements are online, self-paced coursework, and may be completed at any time in a student’s pathway – they are listed in the order shown below simply for clarity and organization.  
Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Part-time student: Follow the blue course sequence at your own pace. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests. Students who require developmental English or math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their Letter of Recognition. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress.

1Part I: Residency (take these courses through FCC)

1 Departmental Requirement GISA 101 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems with ArcGIS   3 Credits
2 Departmental Requirement EMGT 201 - GIS & Technology for Public Safety   3 Credits

2Part II: FEMA Independent Study (complete online & convert via

3 Departmental Requirement FEMA 191 - Emergency Management & Technical Tools Application (IS-247.a, IS-251, IS-922)   1 Credit
4 Departmental Requirement FEMA 192 - Geospatial Information Systems Specialist (IS-103)   1 Credit
5 Departmental Requirement FEMA 200 - Homeland Security Geospatial Operations and Management (IS-60.b, IS-61.b, IS-62.b, IS-63.b, IS-64.a)   1 Credit
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Summer Only

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Summer Only

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Learning Outcomes:
  • Recognize career opportunities in the geospatial industry and the licenses and certifications available to professionals in the industry.
  • Explain the role that GIS plays in supporting public safety through each mission area.
  • Describe the types of products that GIS can produce.
  • Explain how complimentary technologies contribute to GIS including, but limited to, GPS, Remote Sensing, and data collection products.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic GIS concepts, terminology, and applications as they apply to the public safety sector.
  • Apply GIS software utilizing ArcGIS and/or open source applications to manage GIS data including, but not limited to, vector, raster, and attributed data.
  • Analyze common formats of spatial data, as well as parameters such as scale, projection, coordinate systems and metadata.
  • Examine volunteered geographic information (VGI) and crowd-sourced data and discuss how these collection techniques apply within the field of public safety.
  • Model geographic objects such as bounded areas (e.g., census tracts or service districts), specific locations (buildings or incidents such as a mass casualty), and networks (e.g., streets).
  • Interpret and review finished maps created using GIS software.
  • Evaluate best practices for establishing and maintaining data flow, products, and timelines during an incident.
  • Consider unique characteristics of spatial data and compare vector and raster data.

2020-2021 Curriculum Pathway

2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway

*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)

2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.
FCC summer/fall classes will be delivered primarily online to maintain public safety. Face to face instruction and student interactions will only be conducted when it is necessary, required, and feasible to do so in a safe environment. FCC summer and fall 2020 classes will be offered using the learning formats found here.

General Education Core Course List

To find more information about how credits may transfer from Frederick Community College to a state four-year institution visit ARTSYS or consult a College advisor.
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