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PUBLISHED 2021-2022 Credit Catalog 
PUBLISHED 2021-2022 Credit Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Applied Technology - Geographic Information Systems

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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.

Program Overview

Fast Facts

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 100% 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.


Upon successful completion of this program graduates will receive a SAIT Bachelor of Applied Technology Geographic Information Systems degree.


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.


The progression requirement for students taking credit courses is a Term GPA and Total Institutional GPA of 2.0, with the exception of English Language Foundations and Academic Upgrading programs.

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.

Program Outline

Total Credits 60

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