Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Concentration

Geographic Sciences – Advanced DiplomaGeographic Information Systems (GIS) Concentration

Start Date:
1 Year
Advanced Diploma
Full-time (In-class)
+Locations & Availability
January 2018 COGS • Lawrencetown New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.

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."

Employment Opportunities

  • Graduates are qualified to work as a GIS Specialists, GIS Applications Programmers or Developers, Spatial Database Managers, GIS Analysts, GIS Researchers, or in many other related occupations.

Our Grads

  • Graduates are working in a variety of industry sectors, including government, health and human services, natural resources, transportation, utilities, and communications.

Student Success

Other Info

  • Electives – Choose from several electives in consultation with faculty.

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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