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Bachelor of Applied Technology Geographic Information Systems

Open for Winter 2018

Open for Fall 2018

Length: 2 Years
Credential: Applied Degree
Available: Full Time Classroom or Online

Program Highlights

The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) program trains you to be a GIS technologist, technician or analyst for a range of industries - from forestry and natural resource exploration to all levels of government - with an education in this booming area.
(If you're self-disciplined and need additional flexibility, consider our
online learning option.)

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Tuition and Fees Per Year*

Year 3: $6,036
Year 4: $1,932
Year 3 (International): $19,557
Year 4 (International): $4,514

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

Requirements

You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.

When can you apply?

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date. 
  • Applications for fall 2018 open Oct. 18, 2017.
TermProgram start
Winter 2018 Jan. 8, 2018
Fall 2018 Sept. 4, 2018

How We Work

This applied degree program will provide you with the skills and knowledge to succeed in one of the fastest growing sectors of information technology. Geographic Information System (GIS) combines the power of database technology with computerized mapping and is used for problem solving and decision making.

Program Details

Program Description

The Bachelor of Applied Technology Geographic Information Systems program will provide you with the skills and knowledge to succeed in one of the fastest growing sectors of information technology. Geographic Information System (GIS) combines the power of relational database management systems with the flexibility of cartographic display technology and is used for problem solving and decision making.

To succeed in the program, you will need to be comfortable working in a computer environment, and have a good working knowledge of file management, word processing and spreadsheet software applications.

This is a two-year, applied degree program consisting of two 15-week semesters in year one, followed by a paid practicum in year two.

The program accepts students into first semester in September as well as January.

Industry Practicum

Finding a practicum placement is ultimately the student's responsibility; the BGIS program does not place students with organizations. We'll make every effort to assist in securing and facilitating a meaningful placement, but students must be prepared to actively establish industry connections and secure their own practicum placement.

Your Career

As a graduate from the Bachelor of Applied Technology Geographic Information Systems your opportunities for employment include geographic information systems technologist, technician, analyst, specialist, team leader or manager. GIS professionals work in many industries: forestry, natural resource exploration, environmental, engineering, consulting, government (municipal, provincial, and federal), information technology, health care and tourism.

  • Graduates of the Bachelor of Applied Technology Geographic Information Systems program have a 96% employment rate.

Student Success

Students with higher grades usually experience more success in SAIT programs.

Typical geographic information systems job placement advertisements suggest that the ideal practitioner has a sound technical background, is self-motivated and disciplined in achieving results.

Successful geographic information systems professionals are also associated with individuals who can problem solve through the application of creative and innovative solutions, and provide service based on the concept of continuous improvement.

Contact time with instructors in lectures and labs is about twenty five hours per week. The average student is expected to spend about an additional twenty five hours per week on assignments, studying, and projects.

BGIS graduates will often work in teams of various sizes. In the BGIS program, all courses require working in teams for projects or lab assignments. This requires good communication and interpersonal skills.

Credentials and Accreditation

Although there are no formal accreditation arrangements at this time discussions are pending with several national level accreditation agencies. Please contact the School of Construction for more information.

Transfer Options

Once completed, this SAIT credential may be eligible for transfer credit at another post-secondary institution. Visit Transfer Options to learn more about the transfer agreements currently available to SAIT graduates and incoming students.

Have questions? Write to us at transfer.options@sait.ca.

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Fall 2018 start: applications open Oct. 18, 2017.

Admission Requirements

  • A two-year diploma from a recognized Canadian college, technical institute or equivalent, or successful completion of two years at a recognized post-secondary academic institution.
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

Direct Entry: Four Step Process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Apply to Bachelor of Applied Technology Geographic Information Systems and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.

  • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.

Step 4: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply.

Program Completion

  • Students in applied degree programs have seven years to complete the credential requirements. 
  • The time limitation begins on the date the student starts the first course in the credential. 
  • For more information, refer to AC 3.1.1 - Grading and Progression Procedure.

Courses

Program Outline

  • This program is continually reviewed and individual courses are subject to change.
  • Students are required to complete all courses noted below under the First Year listing.
  • After completing all First Year academic requirements, students must successfully complete a 800 hour Work Experience Practicum to meet the requirements of the Bachelor of Applied Technology Geographic Information Systems degree.
  • Finding a practicum placement is ultimately the student's responsibility; the BGIS program does not place students with organizations. The students must be prepared to make the effort required to establish contacts within relevant industry sectors that are of interest to them and find their own practicum placement.
  • SAIT students are offered an opportunity to develop lifelong learning skills in an online environment. One or more courses in the program are offered fully or partially online.
  • To find the course description for a course shown below please go to our Course Finder.
  • Students who have already been admitted into the online/distance Bachelor of Applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can register for courses through Continuing Education.

Third Year

Semester 5

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
COMM-415 Professional Communications 1.5
GEOS-406 Geospatial Project Foundations 1.5
GEOS-409 GIS Data Capture I 3.0
GEOS-410 GIS Data Manipulation and Transformation 3.0
GEOS-418 GIS Data Modeling 3.0
GEOS-419 GIS Data Analysis and Output 3.0
Semester 5 Total 15.0

Semester 6

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
GEOS-451 GIS Data Capture II 3.0
GEOS-450 Enterprise and Web GIS 3.0
GEOS-456 GIS Programming 3.0
GEOS-457 Cartography and Geovisualization 3.0
GEOS-459 Applied GIS Capstone Project 3.0
Semester 6 Total 15.0
Third Year Total 30.0

Fourth Year

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
GEOS-540 Applied GIS Directed Field Studies 30.0
Fourth Year Total 30.0
Program Total 60.0

Progression

Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses and attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Costs

Domestic Tuition and Fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2017/18 total
3 $5,074 $440 $523 $6,036
4 $969 $440 $523 $1,932

International Tuition and Fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2017/18 total
3 $18,594 $440 $523 $19,557
4 $3,551 $440 $523 $4,514

SAIT Fees

Campus Athletic and Recreation Fee: $160
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $280

SAIT Students' Association Fees

Health Plan: $110**
Dental Plan: $125**
SAIT Students' Association (SAITSA): $288

Books and Supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $800 per year.
  • Course fees for classes conducted in non-daytime standard times are not financially supported by Advanced Education and thus priced on a cost recovery basis. This is significantly more expensive than regular daytime fees, and priced on a credit-by-credit basis.


Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.
** For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the SAITSA website for information on opting out.

Contact Information

School of Construction
403.284.8367
construction.bgis@sait.ca