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What will I learn?

The Bachelor of Geographic Information Science (B.GISc) is an innovative program offered by the Department of Geography & Environmental Studies at the University of Regina. The Bachelor of Geographic Information Science is a unique designation that is not offered anywhere else in North America.

Geographic Information Science (GIScience) is the intellectual understanding behind the development and application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). GIS are used by: resource exploration companies to locate areas of new reserves; power utilities to plan new power line routes; municipalities to manage their infrastructure; school boards to optimize school bus routing; health districts to examine the spread of infectious diseases; police departments to identify crime hot spots; and businesses to document the geographic distribution and demographics of their customers. Some of the questions asked in GIScience are: What are the implications of using latitude and longitude, a postal code, or a street address to locate a crime scene? How do you encode the flight pattern of a butterfly in a computer? Is there a spatial correlation between diabetes and socio-economic status?

GIScience is an emerging academic discipline and is being used throughout the world to solve problems in multiple disciplines: Biologists use GIS to map the nesting and foraging habitats of endangered wildlife. Environmental engineers have built hydraulic models into GIS to forecast peak river flow conditions. Crime mapping with GIS has revolutionized the work done by justice and police professionals. Social planners and social workers use GIS to optimize the delivery of social services to segments of the population in most need. Business analysts enter data on customer purchasing patterns, demographic trends, and the location of competitors into a GIS to identify ideal locations to establish new business enterprises. Health professionals use GIS to track the spread of infectious diseases and to search for the social and environmental conduits along which the viruses travel the fastest.

Sample Courses:
Map and Airphoto Interpretation, Cartography, Remote Sensing, Spatial Statistics, and GIS. Our students are encouraged to integrate these technologies into a broader geographic context, such as: environmental issues, resource management, meteorology, geomorphology, urban geography, biogeography, population geography, political geography, the geography of recreation and tourism, the geography of gender,

Why take the Bachelor of Geographic Information Science at the University of Regina?

Industry Canada lists geomatics (GIS and its related technologies) as one of the three most important emerging and evolving career areas today. This is especially true in Saskatchewan's growing resource sector where GIS specialists are in high demand. The B.GISc degree is unique in North America and graduates from this program will stand above the crowd. The degree will be instantly recognized by industry and government employers and will give our graduates a distinct advantage in the job market.

Transfer Options:

Students who complete a 1-year certificate or 2-year diploma program in GIS/Geomatics from a recognized college (e.g. Saskatchewan Polytechnic) will be given 30 hours of transfer credits at the University of Regina and may enter directly into the 2nd year of the U of R Geography program.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$20,137.50 (US$ 15,756) per year
Tuition Rate Per Credit Hour CAN $671.25.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 March 2021, 1 September 2021

Start date

Expected January, September 2021

Venue

First Nations University of Canada

Regina Campus,

1 First Nations Way,

REGINA,

Saskatchewan (SK),

S4S 7K2, Canada

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$20,137.50 (US$ 15,756) per year
Tuition Rate Per Credit Hour CAN $671.25.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 March 2021, 1 September 2021

Start date

Expected January, September 2021

Venue

Campion College

University of Regina,

3737 Wascana Parkway,

REGINA,

Saskatchewan (SK),

S4S 0A2, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have completed High School (Secondary School). English Language Proficiency Requirements: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) - Internet Based: Overall 83; Reading: 20; Listening: 20; Speaking: 20; Writing: 20; IELTS - Academic: Overall Band score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.0; CanTest (Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees): Listening 4.5, Reading 4.5, Writing 4.0; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 59, No area with less than 59; CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment): 60; MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery): 85; CELT (Comprehensive English Language Test): 60. GCSE/IGCSE/GCE O' Level English, English Language, or English as a Second Language with a minimum grade of '6' (grade of B prior to 2017) or GCE A/AS/AICE Level English or English Language with a minimum grade of 'C'.

For international students

Admission requirements vary by country and the Faculty you are applying to. Applicants need to have a high school. Please refer the university site and contact the Admissions Office or International Admissions for further assistance.

English language requirement:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): Internet Based: Overall 83; Reading: 20; Listening: 20; Speaking: 20; Writing: 20.

IELTS – Academic: Overall Band score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.0

Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 59; No area with less than 59

MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery): 85

The application deadline is March 1 for fall intake; September 1 for winter intake.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About this uni

The university is internationally renowned for excellence in academics and research and is recognized for its experiential approach toward learning.

  • Campus set within the largest urban park in North America
  • Ranked in top 15 comprehensive universities in Canada 2020
  • 25 per cent international students
  • Co-op scheme guarantees employment or further study