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Geographic Information Science

Studying Geographic Information Science is studying for a career that places you at the forefront of a changing world.


If you have ever used a digital map such as Google Maps or MapQuest, you have used geographic information systems (GIS) – technology that captures, manages and visualises data related to positions on the Earth’s surface.

Geographic information science is a rapidly expanding field with fast developing technology, and is used to solve a range of location-based problems such as:

  • Where is the best location for a new hospital, shopping centre or emergency service?
  • What is the fastest route for an ambulance to a patient or road accident?
  • Where are the mosquitoes that cause Ross-River Virus or Dengue Fever, and at what time of year is the risk greatest?
  • Why is a wheat-field producing low yields?
  • Where are the hot spot crime areas requiring a greater police presence?
  • Where will cane toads spread to next?
  • At what sites should drilling take place with the highest prospects for gold exploration?

With a quintillion bytes of data captured every day by people, satellites and sensors, there is a need to use big data and analytics to inform decision-making about our Earth. GIS is increasingly being applied to new and wider applications to help analyse and solve emerging world problems.

Maximising the value of geographic location and information to a diversity of applications requires professionals and experts in geographic information management, analytics and visualisation.

See Bachelor of Science (Geographic Information Science) for full course details.

Fast fact

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  • The BSc (Geographic Information Science) is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineers (ICES).
  • Curtin University is the first in the world to offer a Bachelor of Science in Geographic Information Science.  Our GIS programs have been running for over 25 years.

Geospatial Revolution

Visit the Geospatial Revolution website to learn how GIS is being applied throughout the world.