About the program
A geographic information system (GIS) is a system for capturing, storing, analyzing and managing data and associated attributes which are spatially referenced to the earth. In a more generic sense, GIS is a tool that allows users to create interactive queries, analyze the spatial information, edit data, maps, and present the results of all these operations.
Geographic information system technology can be used for scientific investigations, resource management, asset management, environmental impact assessment, urban planning, cartography, criminology, history, sales, marketing, and route planning.
For example, a GIS might allow emergency planners to easily calculate emergency response times in the event of a natural disaster, a GIS might be used to find wetlands that need protection from pollution, or a GIS can be used by a company to find new potential customers similar to the ones they already have and project sales due to expanding into that market.
All courses must be completed within 5 years of acceptance into the program.
Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, OR 19 years of age or older.
Note re: admission requirements
- Students must be able to receive instruction, respond and research in the English language.
- Submit a completed Conestoga College Program Application Form.
- Attach proof of Admission Requirements.
- Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.
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- Describe the fundamental concepts and terminology of GIS
- Discuss the role of GIS in business, government, surveying and natural resources.
- Create and manipulate data using ArcView
- Explain the principles and applications of remote sensing.
- Discuss the fundamentals of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) including history and applications.
- Use MS Access to create and manipulate data using tables, queries, forms and relational databases.
- Design and maintain a Geographic Information System.
- Discuss types and variations of Internet Mapping.
Program related resources
The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.
Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.