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Geospatial Technology

Geospatial Technology

Offered through Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)

@ Florissant Valley | Wildwood

St. Louis is positioned to become the global center for geospatial technologies thanks to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s long-standing 75-year presence and its substantial $1.75 billion investment in a new headquarters currently under construction. This significant commitment is driving the region to the forefront and creating abundant opportunities in the geospatial technology field. Among the high-demand careers in this industry are those of drone pilots and GIS specialists. In response to these promising prospects, St. Louis Community College is actively developing coursework to equip students for careers in the booming field of geospatial technology. Whether you are looking to launch your career or enhance your expertise, these new courses will provide you with the essential skills needed to unlock new and exciting professional opportunities.

Program Contact

Dr. Stephen White





Current Geospatial Technology Course Offerings

GST101 Introduction to Geographic Information

This course focuses on the industry-standard ArcGIS mapping products and their various modules for exploratory research and spatial analysis.

GST102 Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems

This course prepares students to earn the Part 107 Remote Pilot’s License through the Federal Aviation Administration, which is required to operate a drone for commercial gain.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Yes, the St. Louis metro area is set to become the global center for geospatial technologies, thanks to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's (NGA) long-standing 75-year presence and its significant $1.75 billion investment in a new headquarters currently under construction. This substantial commitment is propelling the region to the forefront of geospatial technology development.

A 2020 GeoFutures report highlights the impressive growth of geospatial-related industries in St. Louis, surpassing the national average by 15% and continuing to outpace national growth. This exponential expansion has created a hub of opportunities for professionals seeking promising career paths in the geospatial field.

Among the thriving career paths, two stand out prominently: drone pilots and GIS specialists. As the drone industry continues to soar, the demand for skilled drone pilots is skyrocketing. Their expertise is indispensable in various industries, ranging from real estate and agriculture to film production, infrastructure inspection and more.

Additionally, GIS specialists are in high demand, given their crucial role in handling spatial data, performing analyses and providing valuable insights for decision-making in diverse sectors such as urban planning, environmental management and disaster response.

With the vibrant growth of geospatial technologies and the NGA's sizable investment, St. Louis is undoubtedly positioned to lead the way in this dynamic and innovative field, offering exciting prospects for drone pilots and GIS specialists seeking to make their mark in the industry.  

No. GST101 and GST102 are designed to provide students with industry-specific knowledge. While the three-credit-hour courses aren’t part of CORE42, both should transfer as an elective course. The College is also working to design an approved GST degree or certificate program that builds on the core concepts taught in these courses.  

Geospatial technology refers to a set of tools, techniques and methodologies that are used to acquire, process, analyze and visualize data with spatial or geographic components. Key concepts covered in STLCC's new courses include: 


  • Utilizing spatial data, including raster, vector, meta, shape, etc., for visual and statistical analysis. 
  • Designing graphic representations of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data, using GIS hardware or software applications. 
  • Creating map symbology, themes, legends, text and layouts. 


  • Aviation fundamentals, aviation safety and FAA regulations, including how to register a drone with the FAA and prepare for the Part 107 certification exam.  
  • Collecting, integrating and manipulating geospatial data using technologies such as aerial photography, light and radio wave detection systems, digital satellites or thermal energy systems. 

Earning a Part 107 certification is beneficial for anyone who is interested in operating a drone for commercial purposes in the United States. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) introduced Part 107 to regulate the commercial use of drones and ensure safety in the national airspace. 

While online prep courses are available, students who take GST102 at STLCC will benefit from hands-on learning opportunities and personalized instruction provided by a professional drone pilot.

Contacts Us

Florissant Valley

Tom McGovern
Dean of STEM


Stephen W. White, Ed.D.
Campus President

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