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Geoscience Information Technology

Open for Fall 2017

Length: 2 Years
Credential: Diploma
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

Gain broad knowledge of the earth and its geology, along with the computer skills in database management, mapping applications and UNIX, that will prepare you for a career as a geological or geophysical technologist.

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Tuition and Fees Per Year*

Year 1: $5,197
Year 2: $4,773
Year 1 (International): $16,226
Year 2 (International): $14,700

*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
Fall 2017 Sept. 5, 2017
Fall 2018 Sept. 4, 2018

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The Geoscience Information Technology program provides you with a broad understanding of Earth Sciences with specialized computing skills focusing on UNIX, database management and mapping applications. This program provides students computer skills geared towards the energy sector and numerous other industries.

Program Details

Program Description

The Geoscience Information Technology program provides you with a broad understanding of Earth Sciences with specialized computing skills focusing on industry software, database management and mapping applications. This program provides students with computer skills geared towards the energy sector and numerous other industries.

Your Career

Graduates may find employment as a geoscience, geological or geophysical technologist, applying your expertise in the areas of geological processing and interpretation, computer mapping of geographic variables, manipulation of geophysical data, integration of geological and geophysical data and production of 3-D models for the reservoir. There is a growing market for digital information experts to work as assistants to geologists and geophysicists as a starting position.

Many technologists may start their career in large companies and then ultimately move to smaller companies, or choose to start their own operation. Technologists are typically entrepreneurial in nature and very practical in their knowledge base.

  • Graduates of the Geoscience Information Technology program have an 71% employment rate.

Student Success

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

Students who have taken Math 30, Chemistry 30, Physics 30 and Basic Windows in High School usually experience more success in this program.

Credential

After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT diploma in Geoscience Information Technology.

Students who started the program prior to fall 2014 will graduate with a diploma in Exploration Information Technology.

Accreditation

There are no formal accreditation arrangements at this time. Please contact the MacPhail School of Energy (MSE) 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.

Updated Jan. 16, 2017: Competitive entry has been removed for fall 2017. Applicants will be extended offers through direct entry on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.

Admission Requirements

Completion of the following courses or equivalents:

  • At least 50% in Pure Math 30, or at least 55% in Math 30-1, or at least 75% in Math 30-2,
  • At least 50% in English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2,
  • At least 50% in a minimum 20-level science (excluding Science 24 and 26).
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

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 Geoscience Information Technology 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.

Courses

Program Outline

  • To find the course description for a course shown below please go to our Course Finder.
  • This program is being reviewed and could undergo changes.

First Year

Semester 1

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
COMM-238 Technical Communications I 3.0
COMP-274 Computers for Technologists I 3.0
GEOL-225 Physical Geology 3.0
GEOP-295 Geophysics Data Processes I 3.0
MATH-238 Math for Engineering & Tech 3.0
Semester 1 Total 15.0

 

Semester 2

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
COMP-284 Computers for Technologists II 3.0
DRLG-220 Drilling Fundamentals for Exploration 3.0
GEOL-380 Exploration Geology 3.0
GEOP-296 Geophysics Data Processes II 3.0
STAT-245 Statistics for Engineering & Tech l 3.0
Semester 2 Total 15.0
First Year Total 30.0

Second Year

Semester 3

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
CMPP-230 SQL Programming 3.0
COMM-288 Technical Communications II 3.0
GEOL-306 Applications in Petroleum Geology 3.0
GEOL-390 Petroleum Exploration Well Log Analysis 1.5
GEOP-396 Advanced Geophysical Applications 3.0
GEOS-301 GIS for Geosciences 1.5
Semester 3 Total 15.0

 

Semester 4

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
CMPS-359 Geoscience Data and Scripting Languages 3.0
GEOL-386 Case Studies in Energy Development 3.0
GEOP-350 2D and 3D Seismic Data Loading and Interpretation 3.0
GEOP-355 Capstone Project: Exploration Geophysics 3.0
GEOS-350 Raster Analysis and Remote Sensing 3.0
Semester 4 Total 15.0
Second 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, 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
1 $4,234 $440 $523 $5,197
2 $3,811 $440 $523 $4,773

International Tuition and Fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2017/18 total
1 $15,263 $440 $523 $16,226
2 $13,737 $440 $523 $14,700

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 $1,000 per year.


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

MacPhail School of Energy
403.284.8451
energy.info@sait.ca

Inspiring Stories

Tanzina valued the program connected her with people in the industry and that she now feels equipped to find a job in her field.

SAIT was Jalyne's top choice for studying geology and mapping applications because she knew it would help her get into a career quickly.

Tanzina Chowdhury
Geoscience Information Technology | 2016

“I feel prepared,” she says. “I would recommend this program to my friends.”

Jalyne Sato
Geoscience Information Technology | 2017

"SAIT almost guarantees a job with your practical skills," she says. "It grooms you well for your career path."