Geographic Information Science (Advanced Science)
|Guaranteed ATAR||95 This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.|
|Study method||Full-time or part-time|
|Intake||February or July|
|Duration||4 years full time|
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.
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.
Please note, beginning your studies in July may increase the duration of this course beyond four years due to unit availabilities.
In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed below, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.
Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students
Guaranteed ATAR This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
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
Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.
Details of the types of ‘bonus points’ commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin page.
ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period
View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most recent intake period.
Mature age entry
Essential WACE courses
- Mathematics Methods ATAR
English language proficiency
|IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)|
|Overall band score||7.0|
Other qualifications may also satisfy our English language admission criteria. Please view our English language requirements page to find out more.
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
What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? -
A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the
student pays the remainder. The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.
All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place.
Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.
Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.
*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.
This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website
If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.
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