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Cartography Concentration

Geographic SciencesCartography Concentration

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Start Date:
2 Years
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September 2019
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
COGS • Lawrencetown Full time • In-class

Concentration Overview

The Cartography concentration is a second year option of the Geographic Sciences diploma program.

Cartography is the study and practice of making maps by combining science, aesthetics and technique. As a cartographer, you are a visual communicator who builds and illustrates maps that are attractive yet functional, so they can be quickly and easily used and understood. You enjoy hands-on learning, detail-oriented work and use the latest data software and equipment. Your work may go on to stand as a valuable cartographic information source for many years.

In this concentration, you study:

  • Open source mapping
  • Animated and interactive cartography
  • Map production
  • Research techniques.

You may participate in map competitions – NSCC students have been recognized by National Geographic and Canadian Geographic for their work.

This concentration 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

  • Successful completion of Geographic Sciences – Year 1 or Advanced Standing.
  • Advanced Standing – To be considered, you must apply to and meet the Admission Requirements for the Geographic Sciences program. Advanced Standing is based on academic credits (certificate/diploma/degree) completed from a recognized public institution within the past ten years that meet the Academic Requirements of the full first year of the program. Advanced Standing is subject to seat availability.

Employment Opportunities

  • You are qualified to work in any organization that requires map-making, including government departments like Parks Canada, Statistics Canada, Agriculture Canada, Department of Natural Resources and Provincial tourism departments. You are also in demand by private survey and mapping companies.

Our Grads

  • Our graduates work in Nova Scotia and around the world in a variety of mapping applications. A significant number of graduates have gone on to find successful careers as independent consultants.

Student Success

Other Info

  • Electives – Choose from several electives, including Community Mapping, Cartographic Image Rendering and Cartographic Techniques.
  • Important Abilities & Skills – Good colour and stereoscopic vision are physical requirements of a successful cartographer. Weaknesses in either may restrict your opportunities in this concentration and in future 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.
  • Continue your studies at university. This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
CART 3031   Animated and Interactive Cartography
CART 3032   Map Production Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
CART 3034   Thematic Cartography
CART 3035   Web Mapping I
CART 4031   Advanced CAD Graphics
CART 4032   Thematic Project
CART 4035   Web Mapping II
CART 4100   Map Publishing
GEOM 3010   Geoprocessing and Problem Solving I
GEOM 3020   Applied GIS I
GEOM 3030   Open Source Mapping
GEOM 5500   Applied Learning II
    Geographic Sciences - Cartography electives course requirement. Learners must complete .75 units/credits of elective courses consistent with goals outlined in their portfolio.

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