7.7 Diploma in Geographic Information Sciences



The Diploma in Geographic Information Sciences is administered by the 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, analyzing, and representing geographic information. Remote sensing images provide resourceful information to observe and study cultural and physical landscapes. Examples of remote sensing applications include the monitoring of spatial changes, environmental quality evaluation, natural resource exploration, assessment and monitoring, and archaeological site assessment. Geographic information systems enable the compilation, organization, and processing of spatial (maps) and nonspatial (text statistics, graphs) data. Socio-economic, political, and environmental management decision-making is supported by the results of GIS analyses and modeling. Cartography involves the compilation, organization, and visual representation of spatial information. A variety of geographical information can effectively be communicated through cartography.

7.7.1 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Diploma Regulations

Students intending to complete a diploma program within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences must meet the Admission requirements as outlined in the University Calendar. Students are also advised to consult the University Calendar regarding General Regulations for Diploma Programs and Graduation Requirements.

7.7.2 Advising

Throughout their program of study, students shall contact an academic advisor or the Program Director of the Diploma in Geographic Information Sciences for assistance with course planning, declaring their program of study, prerequisite and registration issues, and with questions about the eligibility of any courses not listed here.

A tentative list of upcoming course offerings in the program can be found at www.mun.ca/hss/courses.php.

7.7.3 Declaring the Diploma in Geographic Information Science

Students wishing to declare a Diploma in Geographic Information Sciences shall consult with the Program Director to discuss the requirements of the program. Information about declaring a program of study in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is available at www.mun.ca/hss/programs/undergraduate/ideclare.php.

7.7.4 Admission Requirements

Admission to the Diploma is Geographical Information Sciences is limited and competitive. 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. The formal application is available at www.mun.ca/hss/programs/undergraduate/diplomas/ or from the Office of the Registrar.

To be considered for admission to the Diploma in Geographic Information Sciences, students will normally have completed 24 credit hours, including the courses listed below, 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 above.

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

7.7.5 Program of Study

Students are required to complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of courses as listed below under Course Requirements for the Diploma in Geographic Information. All students for the Diploma in Geographical Information Sciences must successfully complete the Field Placement course Geography 4290 and the capstone course Geography 4919.

Course Requirements for the Diploma in Geographic Information Sciences
1000 and 2000-Level Courses3000-Level Courses4000-Level Courses

Computer Science 1001

Geography 2195

Geography 3202

Geography 3250

Geography 3260

Geography 4202

Geography 4250

Geography 4261

Geography 4290

Geography 4919

7.7.6 Continuation Requirements

To be considered for Geography 4290 and 4919, the students for the Diploma in Geographic Information Sciences will normally have completed at least 21 credit hours required for the program, with an overall average of 65%.

The information on this site has been extracted from the Official 2023-2024 University Calendar. While every reasonable effort has been made to duplicate the information contained in the official University Calendar, if there are differences, the official Memorial University of Newfoundland Calendar will be considered the final and accurate authority.

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