Summer 2021 Semester Registration Opens in March & will be Online

Geographic Information Systems

Rio Hondo College

Looking for Summer Online Classes?  We have an assortment of courses.  Yes, all GIS classes are now moved to entirely online.  New students can register for Summer classes starting March 22nd.  For more information visit here.

Fortunately, our three high tech labs are accessible from off campus with simply remote desktop from any computer!!  The lab is configured with all the latest software. 

Rio Hondo College's GIS Program started in 2000 with over 350 students (many professionals) in attendance annually with 50 California state GIS Certificate of Achievement awarded in 2018 - 2019.   The Associate Degree for GIS was started fall 2019.  The CA state approved program offers online convenient scheduled courses at community college fees for working professionals.  Please contact Career Counselor Claudia Romo for more information.

Classrooms, and curriculum are developed with input from local GIS industry leaders. Students can transfer courses to 4 year institutions.  Several courses are offered in the fall and spring.  GIS 120 (Introduction to GIS) and GIS 130 (Field Applications) is offered during the summer.


Spring 2021 classes are entirely online.  You can apply and register entirely online without visiting the campus.  The high tech classroom is accessible via remote desktop.  If you need to visit Rio Hondo College campus, we are conveniently located in Whittier within view of downtown Los Angeles at the intersection of the 605 and 60 freeway.  When we return to on campus teaching additional courses are located at Los Angeles County Department of Public Works in Alhambra. 

Join us on Saturdays at the GIS Drone Club

Join us for the Rio Hondo College GIS Drone Club.  There is no cost and you do not need to be a student to join us.  Register here to be notified of scheduled meetings.


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What is GIS?


The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts GIS occupations will see growth rates ranging from 16% to 25% for GIS Mapping Technicians between 2010 & 2020.  Geospatial technology (GST) includes geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing (RS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and surveying, and is taught in courses at the Rio Hondo College using curriculum guided by advisory boards and professionals in GIS for practical and applied users in most disciplines.

GIS is a horizontal technology as reflective of our students including LAPD, County Sheriff to local fire, Department of Health, Public Works, Parks and Recreation to Education, Assessor, Children Services and many local cities. Courses are conveniently scheduled with low fees and easy to register with guidance on these pages.  If you are on a mobile, note you can navigate the pages upper right


Join us online for Summer Semester