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Bachelor of Applied Technology Geographic Information Systems

Open for Fall 2020

Waitlisted for Winter 2020

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: $6,058
Year 4: $1,257
Year 3 (International): $20,401
Year 4 (International): $3,953

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

Requirements

This is a direct entry program. Applicants who meet the admission requirements are offered spots based on first qualified, first acceptance if space is available.

When can you apply?

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date. 
  • Applications for winter 2020 open May 1, 2019. 
  • Applications for fall 2020 open Oct. 2, 2019.
Term Program start
Winter 2020 Jan. 6, 2020
Fall 2020 Sept. 8, 2020 

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.

  • Are you a manager or company owner looking to place a Bachelor of Applied Technology Geographic Information Systems student? Find out more information on SAIT's practicum opportunities.

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 89% 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 accreditations

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

The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available with the following universities and colleges:

  • SAIT
  • Algonquin College
  • Holland College

To learn more, visit transfer options

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

Admission Requirements

Admission and selection

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Winter 2020 start: applications open May 1, 2019
  • Fall 2020 start: applications open Oct. 2, 2019

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 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 an 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.
  • Students who have already been admitted into the online/distance Bachelor of Applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can register for courses through Continuing Education.
  • View additional Bachelor of Applied Technology - Geographic Information Systems program information including course-specific descriptions and requisites.

Third year

Semester 5

Course code Course name Credit
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 code Course name Credit
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

Semester 7

Course code Course name Credit
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*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees Health & Dental Plan 2019/20 total
1 $5,074 $462 $288 $235 $6,058
2 $964 $462 $288 $235 $1,257

International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees Health & Dental Plan 2019/20 total
1 $19,192 $462 $288 $460 $20,401
2 $3,666 $462 $288 $460 $3,953

SAIT Fees

Campus Athletic and Recreation Fee: $160
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $302 - Check eligibility here 

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $110
  • Dental Plan: $125
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the SAITSA website for information on opting out.

International Students 

  • Health and Dental Plan: $460
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

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 

School of Construction
403.284.8367
construction.bgis@sait.ca

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