Geographic information science Environment

Geographic information science Environment

Geographic information science examines the interplay between geographic concepts, individuals and society.

At Macquarie you’ll explore how geographic information is used to represent the Earth’s surface and inform environmental policy and decision making, using geospatial technologies to map locations and analyse data.

Spatial Information Science (SIS) is the science of geographic information systems (GIS) and remote-sensing for data storage, visualisation (mapping), and the provision of information to support decision making. It is concerned with the interpretation and analysis of geographical information from a variety of sources and in a range of application fields.

The aim of the SIS major is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the development, management, application, and display of spatial information through core studies in GIS, cartography, global positioning systems, geospatial analysis and modelling, and remote sensing.

This major includes core units that engender a depth of knowledge in SIS that is immediately transferable to the workplace. In addition, student are given the opportunity to select optional units to extend this knowledge in specific application fields.

Key features:

  • A flexible study program which will enable you to tailor a program to suit your individual needs and interests.
  • A focus on practical work which enhances the development of technical skills and problem solving abilities to prepare you for the workplace.
  • The major uses the latest SIS computer software, including ArcGIS and ENVI.

Careers in geographic information science

Geographic information science (GIS) is a major growth industry. Graduates with expertise in GIS contribute to diverse workplaces and research fields, including natural resource management, local government, emergency management, land administration, forestry, agriculture, marine environments, health, defence, education, infrastructure management, transport and more.

Professional experience

At Macquarie University, learning doesn't just happen in the classroom. Through our unique PACE program you can gain practical experience in the industry of your dreams well before you graduate and take an important step forward in your future career.

PACE provides opportunities for undergraduate students to gain practical experience working with leading academic researchers and industry partners on mutually beneficial projects. Through PACE, geographic information sciences students gained important professional skills and industry experience working with local councils in Sydney, mapping and collecting data to address the use and management of urban and regional communities.

See the world in a new light and you just might change it. Learn more about the opportunities available through PACE.

Scholarships and prizes

Macquarie University offers a range of scholarships and prizes. Most have a strong emphasis on social inclusion and equity and are awarded on the basis of financial need and/or other hardship. Others recognise factors such as academic excellence or sporting achievement etc. These Scholarships provide opportunities each year to many students to undertake studies at Macquarie University.  Each year Macquarie University awards over $2 million in scholarships. In addition to the University scholarships many faculties also provide scholarships for students.

Comprehensive information on university scholarships for undergraduate and postgraduate students can be found on the scholarships and prizes page.

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