Geoinformatics

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Geoinformatics is the science of managing, interpreting and visualising massive amounts of geographic data. It combines computing technologies with geographic information to help us make better decisions for people and the places where we live.

Thanks to smart phones, GIS, satellites and sensors there’s more geographic data being created than ever before. With geoinformatics you can transform all of this seemingly unrelated, random data into something useful.

Geoinformatics is used to integrate information, visualise scenarios, present ideas, solve complex problems and identify effective solutions. It can help us create healthier cities, enhance public services, improve water supply, monitor wildlife and more.

Where do I start?

If you’re interested in a career in geoinformatics then a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Geography and either Computer Science or Statistics is a great place to start.

Geography focuses on finding innovative solutions to problems facing the global society; including climate change, poverty, sustainability, health and inequality. Computer Science is about designing systems that are fast, usable, reliable, secure and scalable, while Statistics will show you how to make meaningful sense of complex data and reveal hidden insights.

By combining these sciences you’ll gain multidisciplinary skills and learn how to turn big geo data into valuable, actionable information that can make a positive impact on society and our environment.

BSc in Geography and Computer Science

Degree Structure

This table outlines the range of courses you can take to complete a BSc in Geography and Computer Science. There is some flexibility in the courses you can do for this degree. See our Student Advisors for help with this.

Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
OPTION
(1)
 
OPTION
(1)
 
(1) Choose 30 more points of COSC/SENG or ENCE at 300 level

Transferable skills

Analytical skills, computing skills, interpretation of data, problem-solving skills, interdisciplinary knowledge.

Postgraduate study

Bachelor of Science with Honours, Postgraduate Diploma in Science, Master of Science, Master of Applied Data Science, Master of Geospatial Science and Technology Doctor of Philosophy.

Career options

Algorithm engineer, data analyst, GIS analyst, GIS specialist, research scientist.

Bachelor of Science in Geography and Statistics

Degree Structure

This table outlines the range of courses you can take to complete a BSc in Geography and Statistics. There is some flexibility in the courses you can do for this degree. See our Student Advisors for help with this.

Year 1
OPTION
(1)
 
Year 2
OPTION
(2)
 
Year 3
OPTION
(3)
 
OPTION
(3)
 
OPTION
(3)
 
OPTION
(3)
 
(1) Choose a 100-level course you are interested in.
(2) Choose 15 points of STAT at 200-level.
(3) Choose 60 points of STAT at 300-level.

Transferable skills

Analytical skills, computing skills, interpretation of data, problem-solving skills, interdisciplinary knowledge.

Postgraduate study

Bachelor of Science with Honours, Postgraduate Diploma in Science, Master of Science, Master of Applied Data Science, Master of Geospatial Science and Technology, Master of Spatial analysis for Public Health,
Doctor of Philosophy.

Career options

Algorithm engineer, data analyst, GIS analyst, GIS specialist, research scientist.

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