Geographic Information Science

Do you like digital tools that help you to make informed decisions about traffic routes, energy use, and more? Do you find technologies that help warn populations about natural disasters fascinating? Do you know that spatial data can be used to help address inequities in health care access, pollution exposure, and more?

Pursuing a Bachelor of Science in GIS will allow you to display and analyze spatial data using geographic information system technologies. You will learn to create and interpret data in the form of maps, figures and models. GIScience combines computer cartography, remote sensing, spatial data analysis, spatial theory and geovisualization.


Degree:  Bachelor of Science jointly offered by the Faculty of Environment (Dept. of Geography) and Faculty of Applied Science (School of Computing Science).  Apply through the Faculty of Applied Sciences.

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Admission requirements for Geographic Information Science

Students applying directly from BC high school Grade 12: see the SFU Calendar for more information. For other areas and other categories of admission, please see admission requirements.

How to apply

Before applying, you might want to review this help video. Then:

  • Go to
  • In section 4, Applying to SFU:
    • select from the drop-down list of faculties: Faculty of Applied Sciences
    • select from the drop-down list of programs: BSC Geographic Information Science

Career possibilities

The world is changing rapidly and you have no way of knowing the full range of career opportunities available to you in the future. Graduates of this program may end up in a range of occupations, including these:

Not sure where to start? Career Services can help you explore your options and create possibilities.

  • Cartographer
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Geographer
  • Geographic Information Specialist
  • Geomorphologist
  • Geophysicist
  • GIS Specialist
  • Journalist
  • Marketer
  • Professional Geoscientist
  • Seismologist
  • Surveyor
  • Teacher
  • Urban and Regional Planner
  • Wildlife Habitat Protectionist