Geographic Information Science
|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.|
|Study method||Full-time or part-time|
|Intake||February or July|
|Duration||3 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).
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 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
Essential WACE courses
- Mathematics: Applications ATAR
Desirable WACE coursesMathematics: Methods ATAR
Fees for Australian and New Zealand students
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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.
This course can help you become a:
- Geographic Information Systems Officer
- Geographic database developer
- Web-based mapping systems developer
- Spatial mapping and analysis software developer
- GIS specialist consultant
“Currently, I'm involved in locating a few endangered flora species which can potentially earn our clients a billion dollars (if I find anything!).”
“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.”
- 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.