Geographic Sciences – Advanced Diploma

Geographic Sciences – Advanced Diploma

A post-graduate program that develops your career-ready skills and opportunities in the geospatial sector.

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

Program Overview

This advanced diploma is an intensive, one-year, post-graduate level program, designed to provide you with a sophisticated set of tools to work in the field of geographic sciences. In the first term, you explore the geomatics tools and technology (GPS, GIS, remote sensing) that support the geographic sciences and how each of the individual disciplines fits into that process. In the second term, you choose among concentrations in Remote Sensing, GIS or GIS for Business, with options to customize your course selection around specific geomatics interests.

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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Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree in a related field of study such as archeology, geography, forestry, geology, resource management, urban planning, science, engineering, computer science, marketing, commerce, economics, business administration or tourism management is required.

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 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.

Student Success

Other Info

  • 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 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.

Concentration Options

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
GEOM 5001   Mapping Fundamentals
GEOM 5002   Introduction to GPS and Geodesy
GEOM 5003   Spatial Thinking
GISY 5003   GIS Database Fundamentals
GISY 5004   GIS and Spatial Data Analysis
INET 1500   Introduction to Web Development for GIS
PROG 5000   Programming Fundamentals for Geographic Sciences
REMS 5001   Fundamentals of Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act

Next Steps

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