Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology is used to manage and utilize geographic data, and is widely recognized as an essential tool in such diverse fields as forest management, urban planning, engineering, municipal management, business, and environmental studies.
The Advanced Diploma program in Geographic Information Systems is designed for students with a background in a related discipline or technology. The part-time program is available entirely through online learning and can be completed in as little as two years. The part-time program can also be completed through a combination of campus-based courses with online learning courses.
The curriculum combines theory and practice and covers GIS principles, training in GIS software, technical issues, remote sensing, digital mapping and management issues. Students must also successfully complete a supervised work experience before graduation. This may be either an industry project or an industry practicum.
The GIS Department has compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help you decide which BCIT GIS option is best for you.
NOTE: BCIT also offers a Bachelor of Technology Degree in GIS. Students enrolled in the Advanced Diploma can change to the Bachelor of Technology program early in the Fall semester if required. Once the student has committed to the Advanced Diploma and has graduated, they cannot take subsequent courses and apply for the Bachelor of Technology.
Whether you are a professional seeking upgrading, or a student interested in GIS as a career, you can explore GIS through our part-time studies (PTS) courses. Whether it is GIS software, remote sensing, databases, programming, or just a general introduction to GIS, we probably have something of value and interest to you.
You can work from home or your office on one of our e-learning courses, or take a course in a conventional classroom setting. Classroom courses are offered evenings and weekends, and in some week long sessions, at the Burnaby campus.
Most PTS courses are creditable towards the full-time Advanced Diploma or Bachelor of Technology in GIS. Our GIS FAQ has examples of part-time course schedules.
You do not need to be registered into a program in order to take a part-time course, and you can register online, by FAX or by telephone.
Students are responsible for ensuring they meet formal GIS course prerequisites or have the necessary skills and knowledge to complete a course successfully. Successful completion of a course without the formal prerequisite does not imply successful completion or credit for the prerequisite course. Students who intend to complete one of the GIS programs must formally satisfy all course prerequisites through transfer/exemption credit or Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition.
Students must be registered the day before the course starts. Departmental approval is required for late registration. Contact the GIS Program Assistant to request late registration.
Information on part-time course withdrawal and refunds is available from Admissions and Registration.
GIS NET Courses require the student to complete a final exam that must be invigilated. It is the student's responsibility to arrange for final exam invigilation. The student is responsible for any associated costs. Invigilation may be done at recognized test centres or by individuals. Additional information will be provided for registered students.
BCIT uses the Desire2Learn (D2L) learning management system. Access to course material for registered students is available at the Desire2Learn login page on the start day of the course. You login using your myBCIT ID and password.
Students will require a computer with Internet access capable of working with BCIT's LMS. Prospective students can perform a system check at the D2L login page. Students must also have standard MS-Office compatible software for writing assignments. Adobe Acrobat reader, Flash and Shockwave browser plug-ins; a media player, and the ability to ZIP and UNZIP files.
GIS NET courses that utilize GIS software may require setup and configuration to work with the software server. Additional details will be provided to registered students.
You can find textbook information for online courses at the BCIT Distance & Online Learning bookstore.
Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.
The majority of GIS graduates are working for either private industry (forestry, GIS vendors, natural resource exploration, computer systems) consulting companies (environmental, engineering, forestry, mapping, scanning, and software) or government agencies (municipal, provincial, federal). The graduates are developing GIS databases, using GIS to analyze data and predict the result of planned changes, managing GIS projects, planning the acquisition of GIS technology, developing GIS custom systems and training GIS users.
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