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Bachelor of Applied Technology Geographic Information Systems


Credential: Applied Degree
Available: Continuing Education Online

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 the 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.

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.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside of 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 (select part-time application) 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.

Students are required to 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
Enterprise and Web GIS GEOS-450 Online
GIS Programming GEOS-456 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
for information

Courses start in early September, January and May. Registration will open approximately one month before course start dates.


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.

Professional Development Options

The above courses are also available to industry members seeking professional development. If you are interested in enrolling in one or more of the above courses but do not intend to complete the program, please contact the School of Construction (listed below).

Associated Certificate

Courses completed as part of the GIS Data Management Certificate of Achievement may be used towards the Bachelor of Applied Technology Geographic Information Systems.


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