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Geographic Information Science (Advanced Science)

Geographic Information Science Major (BAdvSci) (Honours) - BAdvSci(Hons) (Geographic Information Science) - MJRH-ADGIS Science and Engineering
Indicative ATAR 95 Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time or part-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February or July
Duration 4 years full time

Course overview

Have you ever used a digital map such as Google Maps/Earth or a map app on your mobile phone, or enabled location services on your mobile device? Then you have used an application of Geographic Information Science (GIScience).

This GIScience major is part of the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours), a course designed for high performing students to pursue their interest in Science through a core of research, leadership and entrepreneurship. It provides a flexible and personalised approach to studying GIScience with students able to explore the field through for-credit immersive research experiences, industry placement and/or interdisciplinary team-based projects. The major culminates in a capstone experience in which students will have the opportunity to pursue GIScience projects that may be based anywhere from pure research right through to translational (entrepreneurial) science.

GIScience is the foundation for geographic information systems (GIS), which is the general term for mapping technologies used by business, government and education. It brings together computing, geography, environmental science and analytics for collecting, analysing and modelling geospatial data in applications.

The GIScience program will provide you with a thorough understanding of the structure, development, application, implementation and management of GIS through core studies in areas such as the applications of GPS, cartography, web mapping, geospatial analysis and modelling, GIS programming and remote sensing.

Career opportunities

Growth rates in GIS occupations across a wide range of disciplines are increasing rapidly, nationally and internationally. Your skills are in high demand by organisations looking to develop powerful solutions to location-based problems.

Careers involve such roles as GIS Officers, Spatial Analysts, GIS Programmers, Geospatial Developers and GIS Managers. The jobs involved in these career pathways are diverse and may include designing and building geographic information databases, developing web-based mapping systems, analysing & modelling spatial information and big data, and managing geospatial projects.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Australian and New Zealand students

Indicative TER (ATAR) Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.


STAT entry STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

STAT is not accepted for this course

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Mature age entry

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Essential WACE courses

  • Mathematics Methods ATAR

Other requirements

This course is designed for high performing science students. As such students are expected to maintain a minimum academic standard. If that standard is not reached students will be recommended to transition to the Bachelor of Science (Geographic Information Science).


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

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Professional recognition

This course is seeking accreditation by the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES). Graduates are eligible for membership of the Surveying and Spatial Science Institute.

Credit for previous study

Applications for recognition of prior learning (RPL) are assessed on an individual basis. Try our RPL search to find out what credit you might be eligible for.

Learn about Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL).

Why Geographic Information Science (Advanced Science)?

  • This is the only comprehensive degree program in the geographic information science.
  • There is an increasing demand for GIS in government and industry.
  • GIS is a dynamic field of study with opportunities to participate in exciting and diverse projects.
  • Innovative equipment and labs.

How this course will make you industry ready

Through embedded research and industry engagement you will have the opportunity to investigate multiple areas of specialisation and tailor you final year experience that prepares you for the industry of your choice.