Geographic Information Science

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Geographic Information Science uses software such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to collect, manage, analyse and display geographic information. GIS technology is increasingly pervasive in other software environments.

The growth of this area means GIS skills will be invaluable to your future career.

Areas of study

There are two key areas in the study of GISc:

  1. GIS used as a tool in monitoring, modelling, analysing and managing physical and/or human environments
  2. GISc as a topic of study in itself, which involves extending the GIS tools to do new things including the development of new spatial algorithms and bringing together novel technologies with GIS (e.g. the semantic web and GIS)

At UC we give you the skills to apply GIS as a tool as well as the necessary theory that underpins GIS to ensure you use the tool well and can extend it in new and interesting ways.

Course pathway

GISc is increasingly integral to a large number of our Geography courses, and you will find introductory elements within our first year courses, such as GEOG 106 and GEOG 109. To gain a solid understanding and skill base in GISc, we recommend you take the following courses at undergraduate level:

Postgraduate study

To further specialise in GISc, consider taking New Zealand’s first PGDipGIS or MGIS programme, or taking one or two of the courses available on these programmes to support your existing programme of study.

GIS resources

GIS data sources

Geospatial data is increasingly available via the internet (see the links below). Some of this is available on the UC network by mapping a drive to \\file\bulk\geodata (if prompted for your UC username prefix it with uocnt e.g. uocnt\<yourusername>).

Need more information?

Contact our GIS Manager and IT Support person:

John Thyne

GIS Manager - Computer Support
Geography 606
Internal Phone: 94102