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New Advanced Placement® GIS&T Course Proposal

With funding support from the Geography Education National Implementation Project (GENIP), the AAG has developed a proposal for a new Advanced Placement® course in Geographic Information Science and Technology (AP® GIS&T). 

The AP GIS&T course proposal was submitted to the College Board in June 2017, where it is currently pending review.

The proposed AP® GIS&T course is designed to introduce high school students to the fundamentals of geographic information science and applications of powerful geospatial technologies for spatial analysis and problem solving. Together with AP® Human Geography, AP® GIS&T offers an opportunity to engage students in outstanding geographic learning experiences and promote awareness of the many college and career opportunities available in the discipline.  

The AP® GIS&T course proposal has attracted broad support from prominent scientific and educational organizations, as well as major technology employers such as Google.

For AP® GIS&T to become a reality, the AAG needed to collect attestations from at least 250 U.S. high schools that confirm they have the interest and capacity to offer the course. Similar assurances were needed from 100 colleges and universities that they would be willing to offer some form of credit to students who demonstrate proficiency on the AP® GIS&T exam.

The AP GIS&T course proposal is available at

View the New GIS&T Course Proposal Website 


Advanced Placement® and AP® are trademarks registered by the College Board, which is not affiliated with, and does not endorse, this proposal.


 Members of the AP® GIS&T Writing Committee meet at the AAG’s Meridian Place Office in Washington, D.C. Pictured clockwise from left: Dorothy Cassetta, Alex Northrup, Jolene Keen, Ola Ahlqvist, Michael Solem, Jacquie Housel, Adriana Martinez, Niem Tu Huynh, and Rich Schultz (via Go2Meeting). Not pictured: Candice Luebbering