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Geographic Information Science

Bachelor of Science (Geographic Information Science) - BSc(Curtin) - MJRU-GISSS 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

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).

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.

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.

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, you must apply for the Bachelor of Science (Science) and satisfy the necessary prerequisites for this program.

This is the only comprehensive degree program in the geographic information science. An additional year for honours program is available, which can lead directly into the Master of Philosophy and the Doctor of Philosophy. 

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 accepted for the Geographic Information Science Major

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Mature age entry

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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
2017 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

This course has been accredited by the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES). 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.