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Geographic Information Science

Bachelor of Science (Geographic Information Science) - BSc(Curtin) - MJRU-GISCI Science and Engineering
Indicative ATAR 70 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 3 years full-time

Course overview

If you have ever used a digital map such Google Maps or MapQuest or enabled location services on your mobile phone, you have used Geographic Information Science (GIScience).

This technology is the foundation for geographic information systems (GIS), the general term for mapping technologies used by business, government and education. Sophisticated mapping is increasingly applied to population growth, land management, economic development, air and water pollution, business marketing, and city planning.

Geographic information systems (GIS) bring together computing, geography, environmental science and analytics for collecting, analysing and modelling geospatial data in applications.
In your first year you will complete a geographic information science foundation year that provides a solid grounding in this field.

In your second year you will advance to the GIS major. This course 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 and remote sensing.

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

Careers range from developers who design and build geographic databases, web-based mapping systems, and spatial management and analysis tools, to professionals who use GIS to provide specialist solutions in environmental, business and development-related activities.

You can also study Bachelor of Science (Geographic Information Science) as part of a double degree program with Bachelor of Science (Applied Geology).

To enrol in the geographic information science major, you must apply for the Bachelor of Science (Science) and satisfy the necessary prerequisites for this major. 

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.

Not accepted.

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Essential WACE courses

  • Mathematics: Applications ATAR

Desirable WACE courses

Mathematics: Methods ATAR


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2016 Commonwealth supported 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.

*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.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for membership of the Surveying and Spatial Science Institute.

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

  • Geographer
  • Geographic Information Systems Officer
  • Geographic database developer
  • Web-based mapping systems developer
  • Spatial mapping and analysis software developer
  • GIS specialist consultant

Possible careers

Akeal Hayek

“Currently, I'm involved in locating a few endangered flora species which can potentially earn our clients a billion dollars (if I find anything!).”

Patrick Fitzgerald

“My initial GIS position was as a spatial programmer where I worked under the guidance of Dr. Serryn Eagleson. Serryn's work was investigating the ability of GIS to detect disease outbreaks.”

Juliane de Pierres

“The day to day aspects of my job involve map creation, management of field collected survey data, 3D visualisation and generally the storage and analysis of spatial data.”

Why 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.