Full-time Bachelor of Science 8640bsc

Managing Our Geospatial Infrastructure

This program provides students with excellent opportunities for career enhancement and professional growth. This degree will appeal primarily to graduate Geomatics Engineering Technologists who wish to pursue professional accreditation as Land Surveyors or develop their careers in other areas of Geomatics such as mapping or hydrography.

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Program Entry

Application processing

Open to applications beginning November 1st (or next business day).

Entrance requirements

This program has a two-step admission process. Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains.

Step 1: Meet the following entrance requirements

Applicants who have completed post-secondary studies outside of Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand will require a comprehensive evaluation of their credentials by the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES). Credential evaluation reports from other Canadian services may be considered. These reports must include course-by-course evaluations and GPA calculations.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Applicants currently enrolled in the last term of their degree/diploma must be on track to complete by May. To apply submit both of the following documents from your post-secondary institution:

  • Transcript of completed courses
  • Confirmation of enrolment letter verifying your current course enrolment and registration in the final term of your degree/diploma

Step 2: Department Assessment

Applicants will be reviewed when the entrance requirements are complete and those that require supplemental courses in order to fulfill the educational background for practice in the Geomatics industry will be contacted for a meeting with the program head.

Applicants with related post-secondary education may be eligible for advanced placement into the second year of BCIT's Geomatics Engineering Technology Diploma before continuing with the Bachelor of Science in Geomatics.

Continuation requirements

  • Students must complete a minimum of six months of approved discipline-related work experience to graduate from this program.

Apply to program

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission.
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files.
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee.
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You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

September each year.

myCommunication

Within two business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Year 3: $800; Year 4: $750

These are estimated costs, subject to change.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

Program delivery

This two year program includes Geomatics technical courses, Business Management courses and Liberal Studies courses. Each term consists of six courses that are a mixture of these subjects. Full-time students are block registered into all of the required courses.

Geomatics degree courses may be taken individually for professional development purposes such as exemptions from the Canadian Board of Examiners for Professional Surveyors (CBEPS) or applied towards completion of the degree. Students wanting to take individual part-time courses do not need to apply for acceptance into the Bachelor of Science in Geomatics degree program but must have completed a Diploma in Geomatics and require approval from the department. Students should apply for acceptance into the full-time degree program if planning to complete more than 12.0 credits of Geomatics courses. Students may receive credit exemption for courses completed in part-time studies once accepted into the full-time program.

Part-time students are responsible for registration and payment for each course. Part-time students interested in registering for individual courses from our full-time program should contact Dee Morita, program assistant, at 604-451-7001 for details.

Note: The Bachelor of Science in Geomatics curriculum has been revised effective September 2017. The revised program matrix is listed below. Students that began Level 5 in September 2016, please refer to the September 2016 cohort matrix [PDF].

Program matrix

Level 5 (15 weeks) Credits
  BUSA 7250 Management Skills and Applications 3.0
  GEOM 5105 Land Information Systems 4.0
  GEOM 5110 Spatial Database Systems 1 3.0
  GEOM 5115 Land Use Planning 3.0
  GEOM 5120 Geodetic Positioning 1 4.0
  LIBS 7001 Critical Reading and Writing 3.0
 
Level 6 (15 weeks) Credits
  ECON 1150 Economic Issues 3.0
  GEOM 6110 Spatial Database Systems 2 3.0
  GEOM 6120 Geodetic Positioning 2 4.0
  GEOM 6130 Geomatics Project Planning 2.0
  GEOM 6140 Special Topics in Adjustments 5.0
  LIBS 7002 Applied Ethics 3.0
 
Level 7 (15 weeks) Credits
  BLAW 3100 Business Law 4.0
  GEOM 7130 Geomatics Project 1 2.0
  GEOM 7145 Adv Satellite Positioning 3.0
  GEOM 7150 Advanced Topics in Precision Survey 5.0
  GEOM 7155 Cadastral Surveys & Land Registration Systems 3.0
  LIBS 7005 Technology, Invention and Power* 3.0
 
Level 8 (15 weeks) Credits
  GEOM 8130 Geomatics Project 2 4.0
  GEOM 8165 Advanced Digital Mapping 3.0
  GEOM 8175 Survey Law 3.0
  GEOM 8185 GIS Remote Sensing 3.0
  GEOM 8195 Hydrographic Surveying 4.0
  LIBS 7007 Technology and Society* 3.0
*Liberal Studies Electives (6.0 credits):
Students are automatically registered into LIBS 7005 and LIBS 7007 to meet graduation requirements. Students can elect to take other LIBS elective courses or apply for credits completed at other institutions. These credits must be achieved in accordance with the BCIT Policy on Liberal Studies Requirements.
 
Total Credits: 80.0

Transfer credit

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.

Program Details

  • On completion of the BCIT Diploma in Geomatics Engineering Technology (Academic Years 1 and 2) or the equivalent, students can continue into Years 3 and 4.
  • Academic Year 3 consists of levels 5 and 6. Academic Year 4 consists of levels 7 and 8.
  • Each year has two terms. Each term is fifteen weeks long. Levels 5 and 7 are from September to December for fifteen consecutive weeks. Levels 6 and 8 are from January to April with fifteen weeks of classes and a one week Spring Break in March.
  • Six courses are offered each term and are a mixture of Geomatics technical courses, Business Management courses and Liberal Studies courses. A research project is a key component of the degree, planned in level 6 and completed in levels 7 and 8.

Work Experience

  • In addition to the academic years, students are required to provide proof of six months approved discipline-related work experience prior to graduation.
  • Work experience can be accumulated in the summer months between academic years or by working for one consecutive year, giving students several options to fulfill the minimum requirements.

Program length

Two years, full-time

The program runs from September to April each year.

Accreditation

Recognition of this degree as a qualification for advanced technical and management positions is anticipated from related professional groups and industry associations. Students who complete specific courses with an average mark of 60% or higher are exempted from 12 out of 13 professional examinations administered by the Canadian Board of Examiners for Professional Surveyors (CBEPS). In 2016 the Association of BC Land Surveyors (ABCLS) incorporated a separate clause in their bylaws which enables graduates of the degree with an average GPA of 70%, with no course less than 60% for CBEPS designated courses, to qualify as a Land Surveyor in Training.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Graduating & Jobs

Apply for graduation

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, complete an Application for BCIT Credential [PDF] and submit it to Student Information and Enrolment Services.

Allow approximately six to eight weeks for processing.

All financial obligations to the Institute must be met prior to issuance of any credential.

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Part-time Studies

Our part-time studies courses generally run in the evenings, Saturdays or as week-long seminars and are intended for students that are in need of upgrading their knowledge or require job-related academic qualifications but are not working towards a Diploma or Degree in Geomatics. These courses may also provide students further credits to obtain certification as Applied Science Technicians with ASTTBC. The Geomatics department also offers seminars on select topics.

Review our current list of continuing education courses and seminars at BCIT or contact,

  • Dee Morita, Program Assistant at 604-451-7001
  • Alan Weston, Part-time Studies Coordinator at 604-454-2240.
Industry Training

BCIT Geomatics Engineering Part-time Studies is available to consult with your company to develop specific courses to meet your needs in a variety of Geomatics and Land Information related topics. We also offer employee assessment in the Geomatics field. Alan Weston is the contact person on these issues.

CBEPS

The Canadian Board of Examiners for Professional Surveyors (CBEPS) establishes, assesses and certifies the academic qualifications of individuals who apply to become land surveyors and/or geomatics professionals in Canada.

Exemptions to writing some or all CBEPS examinations are granted to candidates who have graduated from an accredited University degree program or from a Technical Institute diploma program that has been granted equivalencies. A list of universities and technical institutes with relevant exemptions is available on the CBEPS website.

The BCIT Geomatics and GIS departments offer the following online part-time studies courses which have been granted exemptions by CBEPS:

GEOM 7362 - Geodetic Positioning 1
GEOM 8162 - Geodetic Positioning 2
GEOM 8310 - Hydrographic Surveying
GEOM 8353 - Special Topics in Adjustments
GEOM 8363 - Advanced Topics in Precision Survey
GIST 8118 - GIS Remote Sensing

For further information regarding these courses contact Dee Morita Geomatics/GIS Program Assistant at 604-451-7001.

In addition to these are three Business Practices and Profession courses required for the C11 exemption offered through the BCIT School of Business:

BLAW 3100 - Business Law
BUSA 7250 - Management Skills & Applications
ECON 1150 - Economic Issues

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Dave Rutherford, AScT, BCLS, CLS
Associate Dean
604-432-8323

Faculty

Chris Thornton, BSc, MRICS
Program Head
604-456-8164

Donna Conroy, BTech
Chief Instructor
604-431-4960

James Cowan, DiplT
604-432-8992

Darryl Dube, DiplT, BA
604-456-8097

Sean Galway, BSc, MSc
604-432-8283

Christopher Griffith, BSc
604-431-4943

Dave Martens, DiplT
604-431-4950

John Ogundare, PhD
604-431-4944

Mohammad Rajabi, PhD
604-432-8706

Eric Saczuk, PhD
604-451-7197

Ken Schuurman, BSc, BCLS, PEng
604-431-4993

Rob Scott, BSc, ALS, PEng
604-432-8627

Grant Shelest, BTech, AScT
Coordinator - Digital Media
604-453-4051

Alan Weston, MBA, MSc, PGeo
Coordinator - Part Time Studies
604-454-2240

Staff

Dee Morita, BA
Program Assistant
604-451-7001

Advisory committee

  • Harinder Badial - City of Surrey
  • Warren Barnard - Watson & Barnard    
  • Ian Chong - McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd
  • Jim Gregson - City of Vancouver
  • Mark LeBlanc - Canadian Hydrographic Service
  • Peter Mueller - ABCLS
  • Dave Peet - BC Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure
  • Kevin Percy - Pro-Tech Surveys Ltd
  • Mike Thomson - Land Title & Survey Authority of BC
  • Hans Troelsen - Matson, Peck & Topliss

Contact Us

Please contact Program Advising if you have questions about:

  • Application process
  • Entrance requirements
  • Applying for transfer credit and advanced placement
  • Program costs
  • Job placement and graduate outcomes
program_advising@bcit.ca  |  604-434-1610

Dee Morita, Program Assistant
604-451-7001

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Testimonial

As an industry leader, McElhanney has developed a close relationship with BCIT to better prepare their Geomatics students to enter the workforce upon graduation. We have found summer students to be keen, hard workers and very engaged in the survey process. Many of these students have then returned to McElhanney as full-time employees. I couldn't be happier with the relationship we have with BCIT and the process we have in place to help build the careers of these young and talented individuals. Jack Clarke, McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd

Testimonial

The BCIT BSc in Geomatics gives students the best preparation possible for the challenges currently faced in land surveying Thoughtful design around the CBEPS syllabus, gives graduates exemptions from virtually all of the board exams. Highly experienced instructors and a focus on real land management issues, such as; cadastral law, land use planning, high precision surveying and spatial database design, keep BCIT graduates on the leading edge of an ever evolving profession.
Damien Nee - BCIT Graduate

Testimonial

For nearly a century, Underhill & Underhill has been providing land surveying services throughout British Columbia, the Northwest Territories, the Yukon and Nunavut. Many of our current and past employees, including two of our current partners, are graduates of the BCIT Geomatics Program. Personally and professionally, the Geomatics Program at BCIT provided me with excellent training and has led to an interesting and rewarding career in land surveying. Chris El-Araj BCLS - Director, Underhill Geomatics Ltd
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