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Marine Geomatics

Marine Geomatics

Expand your geomatics knowledge with the skills you need to explore, manage and monitor marine and coastal environments.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
1 Year
Advanced Diploma
$5,380 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
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 Seats available


This advanced diploma program is designed to complement an existing university degree in the sciences, a geomatics diploma or previous geomatics-related experience. The program provides a strong foundation in the area of geomatics and the effective exploration, management and monitoring of marine and coastal environments.

In this field, you apply integrated geodetic skills in coastal mapping and nautical charting, offshore construction and resource exploration, coastal zone management, habitat mapping and environmental sciences.

You also acquire skills in GPS positioning and hydrographic surveying, geographic information systems (GIS), physical oceanography, remote sensing, cartography and applications required for analysis and presentation of geospatial data as they apply to marine and coastal activities.

As a Geomatics expert in Marine environments, you may help oil and gas companies determine where and how to safely establish drilling rigs, provide data to establish international maritime boundaries and map out the path for a submarine power or communications cable.

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

Admission requirements

  • Undergraduate degree in Science or Engineering or a diploma in a related technology program.

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.
  • Standard First Aid, CPR Level A

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end, and throughout the duration, of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodation and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities.

Career options

  • Hydrographic agencies, ocean and seabed research, offshore construction and engineering, seismic exploration, software development and other private and public sector organizations.
  • Graduates are involved with numerous activities related to coastal and offshore projects. They're performing bathymetric surveys and creating nautical charts. They're helping offshore construction companies determine the feasibility and routing of offshore cables and pipelines. Graduates are navigating vessels and providing positioning for the installation of offshore structures.

Choose NSCC

  • This is the only Marine Geomatics program in North America.
  • 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 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.
  • You participate in practical field exercises on a survey vessel in the Annapolis Basin.

Other info

  • Additional skills and abilities, including math, reading and workplace skills, are essential for your success in Trades and Technology programs. See the Trades and Technology Preparation Checklist (PDF 23KB).
  • You may choose from several electives, in consultation with faculty.
  • 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
MGEO 5001   Introduction to Hydrography
MGEO 5004   Computer Essentials for Marine Geomatics
MGEO 5005   Fundamentals of GPS
MGEO 5011   Fundamentals of GIS
MGEO 5012   Geodesy & Map Projections
MGEO 5013   Fieldwork I
MGEO 5022   Computer Aided Drafting and Design
MGEO 6007   GNSS Applications
MGEO 6013   Fieldwork II
MGEO 6020   Marine Geoscience
MGEO 6025   CADD & Graphical Applications
MGEO 6030   Marine Construction
MGEO 6400   Applied Learning in Marine Geomatics
MGEO 6501   Field Camp
REMS 6095   LiDAR Applications
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SAFE 1028   Marine Emergency Duties A3

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