Aug 09, 2022  
PUBLISHED 2022-2023 Credit Catalog 
PUBLISHED 2022-2023 Credit 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 work-integrated learning (practicum) in year two. For online delivery, students can take the courses in part-time such as a couple of courses per semester.

Program Overview

Fast Facts

  • This program is offered via on-campus delivery and online asynchronous delivery formats.
  • Students require access to a personal computer with Internet in order to complete the required courses.
  • The program accepts students into first semester in September, January as well as May.
  • Finding a work-integrated learning (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.

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.

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.

For on-campus delivery, 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.

For online asynchronous delivery, online learning requires more independent learning time from the students. Students spend 10-15 hours per week per 3 credit course in the BGIS program to study materials, do the readings, homework, assignments, etc.. It is highly recommended that students take 2-3 courses per semester.

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.



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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