Geographic Sciences – Advanced DiplomaGeographic Information Systems (GIS) Concentration

Start Date:
1 Year
Advanced Diploma
Full-time (In-class)

Concentration Overview

The Geographic Information Systems concentration is a second term option of the Geographic Sciences – Advanced Diploma program. The program starts in September, with your selected concentration starting in January.

In this concentration, you study the programming and application of geographic information systems (GIS) or geospatial technology. In addressing geographically-based problems, analytical and technological tools (including hardware and software) are applied to create solutions. Geospatial information links locational data (where things are) with descriptive data (information that is associated with each location). You use points (utility poles, mine sites), lines (river centrelines) and polygons (land parcels, counties) to model reality and provide geographic information. GIS technology provides storage, analysis and presentation of that information.

This program is located at NSCC's Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS). COGS is the Lawrencetown site of Annapolis Valley Campus.

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Student Highlights

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    Why Take It"Manage, model, analyze and display geospatial data."
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    Project Work"Produce 3D visualizations of analysis."
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    Cool Activity"Develop customized computer-software routines integrating internet-based GIS, database and business applications."

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of the Survey Technician certificate program or equivalent training or experience.

Choose NSCC

  • NSCC's Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS) provides a focused approach to geomatics training. COGS has earned a strong reputation among employers and geomatics professionals for the quality of the programs, hands-on training and practical learning provided to students.
  • You learn in the field. More than one third of your program time is spent working on field projects.
  • Earn recognized credentials – This program is accredited with the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB), a standing committee of the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT). CTAB accreditation means that this program has been evaluated against standards designed by industry leaders across Canada and is recognized internationally. Graduates may be eligible for membership with TechNova, the certifying organization for Engineering and Applied Science Technicians and Technologists in Nova Scotia.
  • You learn at a campus location that is dedicated to geomatics training and work alongside other students studying related disciplines.
  • Small class sizes provide you with lots of opportunities for one-on-one interaction and support.
  • You use the most up-to-date equipment and software and get the hands-on training that makes grads the preferred choice of employers.
  • Continue your studies at university. This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more.

Employment Opportunities

  • Construction companies, private survey firms, oil and natural gas exploration companies, survey equipment sales companies and related roles in the public sector. Employment opportunities are available throughout Canada, the USA and abroad.

Student Success

Other Info

  • Graduates are able to receive specified credit towards the Canadian Board of Examiners for Professional Surveyors (CBEPS) examination requirements.
  • Some graduates go on to complete additional qualifications through the Marine Geomatics Program or advanced civil engineering and CAD-based occupational training.
  • Safety Training – This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.
  • Many employers in this industry require a current, official Criminal Record check as part of the hiring process. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to secure employment.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
GISY 6020   Advanced Geographic Information Systems
GISY 6021   Information Systems
GISY 6400   Capstone Project
    Geographic Sciences Advanced - Geographic Information Systems electives course requirement. Students must complete 3 units/credits of elective courses consistent with goals outlined in their portfolio.

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