Nov 13, 2019  
PUBLISHED 2018-2019 Credit Catalog 
PUBLISHED 2018-2019 Credit Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Geoscience Information Technology

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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.

Program Overview

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 88% 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.

Credentials and Accreditation

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.


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


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.

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, AND,
  • At least 50% in English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2, AND,
  • 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.

Program Outline

Total Credits 60

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