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Bachelor of Spatial Science (Honours) (Geographic Information Systems)

Summary
Bachelor of Spatial Science (Honours) Major Geographic Information Systems (BSPH)

Study Mode
  • On-campus
  • External

Start
  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)

Number of Units
  • 32 units

Duration
  • 4 years or part-time equivalent

Campus
  • Toowoomba

View USQ Handbook
Program Information Set

Map the world

Are you interested in how online maps will revolutionise the world? Explore the world of satellite imagery, online maps and geographical information systems with USQ’s Bachelor of Spatial Science (Honours) (Geographic Information Systems). Your studies will give you in-depth knowledge and skills in geographical data, programming, and remote sensing. In addition, you can choose a research project in your fourth year to investigate specialist geographical information systems topics.

You can choose to study online or enjoy the USQ on-campus experience.

Why study Geographic Information Systems?

Geographic information systems specialists use satellite remote sensors and geo tags to integrate information for online mapping applications such as Google Earth, Google Maps and Bing Maps. Spatial scientists were able to assist the people of Haiti after the 2010 Haiti earthquakes by using crowd sourcing information as well as satellites in producing new maps of the country. The spatial scientists mapped Red Cross centres, hospitals and housing for displaced people.

Professional accreditation

You will eligible to apply for membership with the Surveying and Spatial Science Institute of Australia when you graduate from your Geographic Information Systems degree.

As a Geographic Information Systems graduate, you will be able to discover careers as a Geographical Information Systems Officer or Spatial Scientist in transport, primary industries, environment and online mapping sectors.

Other majors for the Bachelor of Spatial Science (Honours): Surveying and Urban and Regional Planning.

Residential schools

In addition to the courses listed below, external students will also have the opportunity to come on-campus for residential schools where you will attend face-to-face lectures and tutorials, use the facilities and meet staff and other students.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 20
plus 1 x major courses 12
plus 6 x practice courses (0 units value) 0
Total 32
Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this program are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported AUD 9048
Domestic full fee paying AUD 22020

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

Residential schools

This program includes an on-campus residential school component that involves travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2017 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

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OP/Rank
This is the 2017 OP / Rank for this program.
Bonus points may help you get into the program of your choice by increasing your OP/Rank. The bonus points don’t apply to all applicants or all programs. Please read the information on USQ’s Admissions Bonus Schemes carefully to find out what you may be eligible for.

Entry Requirements

  • Subject pre-requisites: English (4, SA), Mathematics B (4, SA) or equivalent
  • Recommended prior study: Year 12 Physics (4 SA) 

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.


How to apply

Apply with QTAC
If you're new to USQ
OR
Apply with USQ
If you're a current or previous USQ student (Not Head Start students)

QTAC codes

Mode Codes
External 907225
Toowoomba 907222

Closing dates

Applying directly to USQ:

  • Semester 1, 2018 - applications close Monday 19 February, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 26 February 2018.
  • Semester 2, 2018 - applications close Monday 2 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 16 July 2018. 

If you are applying via QTAC, you will need to check the QTAC closing dates.

Credit for previous study or work experience

You may be eligible for credit if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.