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Bachelor of Applied Technology Geographic Information Systems


Credential: Applied Degree
Available: Continuing Education Online

Program Description

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a computer-based science and technology that integrates computer hardware, software, data and skilled professionals. This tight integration enables the user to leverage the visual clarity of maps with the analytical capabilities of a database to improve the decision-making process.

GIS is a multidisciplinary tool that can be used anywhere geography-based data and information are used. In recent years, GIS has seen explosive growth in numerous industries and has become a standard in industry sectors including oil and gas, archaeology, business and marketing, environmental sciences, real estate, urban planning and more.

Some of the key GIS uses include the following:

  • as a support tool, helping companies inventory, manage and map their assets
  • as a powerful decision-making tool capable of presenting very effective solutions to problems
  • to create models that help predict future trends

The Bachelor of Applied Technology in Geographic Information Systems at SAIT is a fast-paced learning environment where we offer state-of-practice training in GIS and associated technologies such as cartography, computer programming, databases, global positioning systems (GPS) and remote sensing.

To obtain the Bachelor of Applied Technology in GIS, you must have a minimum of two years of post-secondary training from a recognized educational institute.

Degree candidates must complete a total of 60 SAIT academic credits and 800  hours of work practicum to graduate.

The applied GIS degree can be fully completed through online learning. If you prefer in-class instruction, please consider our full-time option.

Please ensure you take the courses in the order they are listed in below.




GIS Data Capture I GEOS-409 Online
GIS Data Manipulation and Transformation  GEOS-410 Online
GIS Data Modeling GEOS-418 Online
GIS Data Analysis and Output GEOS-419 Online
Geospatial Project Foundations GEOS-406 Online
Professional Communications COMM-415 Online
GIS Data Capture II GEOS-451 Online
Data Management and Analysis GEOS-453 Online
Geoprocessing and Programming GEOS-455 Online
Cartography and Geovisualization GEOS-457 Online
Applied GIS Capstone Project GEOS-459 Online
Applied GIS Directed Field Studies GEOS-540 Workplace Practicum (800 hours)
Email construction.bgis@sait.ca
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The associated certificate does not have any prerequisites and is offered through online education.

Take charge of your future.

  • Contact construction.bgis@sait.ca to discuss the BGIS program, admission requirements, and admission process.
  • Contact 403.284.8367 or construction.conted@sait.ca for information on individual course offerings or the Certificates listed below.
  • If you would like to take courses beyond the certificate, admission into the BGIS program is required.

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