Office of the Registrar
Faculty of Arts (2009/2010)
5.8 Diploma in Geographic Information Sciences

Program Co-ordinator: Dr. R. Devillers, Department of Geography

The Diploma in Geographic Information Sciences is of interest to students from a broad range of backgrounds. It is a valuable complement to social and natural sciences programs such as anthropology, biology, computer sciences, earth sciences, history, economics, engineering, health and medicine, physical oceanography, environmental sciences and environmental studies. The fields of remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS) and cartography provide the most effective methods of gathering, managing, analysing and representing geographic information. Remote sensing images provide a resourceful information to observe and study the cultural and physical landscapes. Examples of remote sensing applications include the monitoring of spatial changes, environmental quality evaluation, natural resources exploration, assessment and monitoring, and archaeological site assessment. Geographic information systems enable the compilation, organization and processing of spatial (maps) and non-spatial (text, statistics, graphs) data. Socio-economic, political and environmental management decision-making is supported by the results of GIS analyses and modelling. Cartography involves the compilation, organization and visual representation of spatial information. A variety of geographical information can effectively be communicated through cartography.

5.8.1 Admission Requirements

Admission to the Diploma in Geographical Information Sciences is limited and competitive. Students are advised to notify the program coordinator of their intention to apply for admission into this program. Students who wish to enter this program must apply through the Office of the Registrar by April 1 for Fall semester registration and by October 15 for Winter semester registration.

To be considered for admission to the Diploma in Geographic Information Sciences, students will normally have completed 24 credit hours, including the courses listed in 1., 2., and 3., with an overall average of at least 65%.

  1. Geography 1050 or one 1000-level course in applicant's Bachelor's Major program.

  2. Mathematics 1000 or equivalent.

  3. Two 1000- or 2000-level core courses in student's Bachelor's Major program, excluding the courses listed in 1. and 2. above.

Students who fulfill the eligibility requirements compete for a limited number of available spaces. Selection is based on academic performance.

5.8.2 Continuation Requirements

To be considered for the field placement courses Geography 4290 and 4919, the candidates for the Diploma in Geographic Information Sciences will normally have completed at least seven courses required for the program, with an overall average of 65%.

5.8.3 Program of Study

Students are required to complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of courses as listed below.


The course Mathematics 2050 is a prerequisite to some of the fourth year courses required for the diploma.

5.8.4 Course List