Geographic Sciences

Obtain a solid grounding in the basics of geographic sciences and the geomatics tools and technology you need to build a successful career.

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Start Date:
September
Duration:
2 Years
Credential:
Diploma
Delivery:
Full-time (In-class)
Locations:
+Locations & Availability
September 2015 COGS • Lawrencetown • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.

Program Overview

This program gives you the foundation you need to start a successful career in geographic sciences. You gain an understanding of the world of geographic sciences and the skills that are required. In the 1st year you learn the basics of geographic sciences, how to use geomatics tools and technology (e.g., Global Positioning Systems [GPS], Geographic Information Systems [GIS], remote sensing), and explore the individual disciplines and their interdependence. Throughout the 1st year, you get to know your strengths and interests and prepare to choose a concentration in your 2nd-year that focuses on a specific area of interest.

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

Info Students Highlights reflect comments provided in the annual Program Highlights Survey. Students participate in this survey to share their experiences and information that they think will help future students learn more about the program. Highlights reflect individual experiences (which can vary by student).

Student Highlights

  1. Favourite"All the cool technology you get to learn about as well as hands-on courses."
  2. Cool Activity"Getting away from the computer for a bit to go into town and collect data with a GPS."
  3. Cool Activity"Building a topographic map from scratch and getting to make all of the design choices ourselves."

Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.

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 an environment that is dedicated to geomatics training working 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 COGS grads the preferred choice of employers.

Employment Opportunities

  • Graduates enter a rapidly-growing industry. Details of employment opportunities are included with each concentration.

Student Success

  • Additional skills and abilities, including your math, reading and workplace skills, are essential for your success in Trades & Technology programs. Details are provided with your acceptance notification – Trades & Technology Preparation Checklist (23KB)

Other Info

  • Co-operative Education (Co-op) – This program is eligible for an optional Co-op credit course. Co-op provides an opportunity for paid employment (of at least 12-weeks) in a field related to your program between your first and second year.
  • Important Abilities & Skills – Coursework or experience in geographic science, as well as good computer skills (computer terminology, file management, internet, and office applications) are recommended to be successful in this program.
  • Safety Training – This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You will participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.

Concentration Options

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
COMM 1052   Communication Fundamentals
GEOS 1000   Introduction to Mapping and Geodesy
GEOS 1100   Introduction to Cartography
GEOS 1200   Geographic Information Systems I
GEOS 1300   Introduction to Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation
GEOS 1400   Environmental Planning
GEOS 2100   Thematic Mapping
GEOS 2200   Geographic Information Systems II
GEOS 2300   Introduction to Digital Image Processing
GEOS 2400   Community and Environmental Planning Studio
GEOS 2500   Computer Aided Drafting for Mapping Applications
GEOS 3000   Applied Learning in Geographic Sciences
PORT 2020   Career & Professional Development
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act

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