One may argue that GIS has evolved from a science or profession to a tool… a skill set used by virtually any discipline. Perhaps, however, there are still a number of fine academic programs offering specialty degree programs and diplomas in Geographic Information Technologies (GIS).
The following are 10 popular GIS academic programs offered in Canadian Colleges and Universities:
BCIT, Burnaby, British Columbia
The Advanced Diploma program in GIS is aimed at university or college graduates who seek an intensive technical education that will prepare them for a career in GIS. The Bachelor of Technology in GIS covers the same courses as the Advanced Diploma, with additional studies in management and liberal arts, and includes a GIS work experience. The BTech in GIS is a degree completion program for those with an associate degrees or college diploma who need a baccalaureate education.
Fleming College, Lindsay, Ontario
Fleming College has achieved an international reputation for innovation and excellence in geomatics education earned over the past 30 years. Within this wing, the Geomatics Institute at Fleming features three 35-station GIS laboratories and a 28-station project laboratory. The college offers 3 programs: * Geomatics Technician * GIS/Applications Specialist * GIS/Cartographic Specialist
Malaspina / Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo, B.C.
The Advanced Diploma in GIS Applications provides skills training in geographic information systems (GIS) to university and college graduates who wish to strengthen their employment opportunities in GIS applications.
Nova Scotia Community College (COGS) (NSCC) Lawrencetown
The Centre of Geographical Sciences (COGS) – Formerly the College of Geographic Sciences – In the beautiful Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, COGS offers a variety of choices to students including and advanced diploma in GIS, diploma in Applied Geomatics Research, Survey Technician certificate program and others.
Selkirk College, Castlegar, British Columbia
Also home to the The Selkirk Geospatial Research Centre , the Colege offers 2 programs to students: Bachelor’s Degree in GIS and a one year Advanced Diploma program. GIS training at Selkirk College prepares individuals to be trained geospatial experts in the environmental planning, business, industry and resource sectors. Emphasis is given to real world projects that require the latest technology enabling students to gain expertise in Geographic Information Systems, (GIS) remote sensing, Internet mapping technology, database management applications, global positioning systems (GPS), 3D visualization and a variety of related software applications.
Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C.
The The School of Computing Science and the Department of Geography cooperate in offering the program in Geographic Information Science. The school offers a GIScience Major Program as well as an honors option.
Algonquin College, Ottawa, Ontario
Algonquin offers a one year intensive graduate level training program in GIS. Designed for students who already have a college diploma or university degree, this program will provide you with practical GIS skills to complement your existing knowledge. Many of today’s employment opportunities require theoretical understanding plus developed skills with current technology. This program is designed to fill that training gap. Students who have successfully completed this program have come from a diversity of disciplines, including geology, biology, natural resources management, civil engineering, environmental engineering, health management, as well as various information technology fields
Carlton University, Ottawa, ON, Canada
The Department of Geography and Environmental Studies has three programs of study leading to an undergraduate degree in Geography, Geomatics and Environmental Studies. Students can obtain a B.A. General, B.A. Honours, Combined Honours, B.Sc., or B.Sc. Combined. We have a graduate program in Geography leading to an M.A., M.Sc. or PhD
McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
The Graduate Diploma in Spatial Analysis and GIS in the School of Geography and Earth Sciences is designed to meet the needs of those with a degree in Geography, Earth Sciences or related disciplines who wish to complement their background with skills in GIS technology, spatial interaction modelling, locational analysis and spatial statistics. This program will appeal to suitable graduates with an interest in graduate studies in Spatial Analysis, but not a full-scale Master’s degree.
- Niagara Collage, post grad diploma in GIS
- Mohawk College, Urban and Regional Planning Technician diploma with specializations in GIS
- Sait Polytechnic – Bachelor of Applied Technology Geographic Information Systems