Bachelor of Applied Geographical Information Systems

Flinders University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00114A

This degree will give students the skills to support change and growth in some of the most important areas of modern society. It appeals to applicants who enjoy computing, graphics and digital mapping, and would like to use these skills to tackle real-world problems. Geographical Information Systems (GIS) is a computer-based system capable of integrating, editing, sharing, modelling and displaying geographically referenced information. It allows users to create interactive queries, analyse the information, edit data, create maps and present the results of these operations. GIS is used extensively across a range of areas and its applications are broad - from scientific investigations to criminology, history, sales, marketing, route planning and logistics. The application of GIS and modelling to predict outcomes, prioritise management strategies and quantify risks, is becoming increasingly important in government agencies and private organisations resulting in strong demand for graduates with these skills.


This degree has been developed in consultation with the industries likely to employ graduates. The degree provides a flexible and progressive approach to the combination of GIS, remote sensing, information technology (IT) and another full major area of study from a selected list. This unique approach allows students to choose another major area of study. The incorporation of a major sequence in this course reflects an increasing need for multi-disciplinary graduates who have advanced skills in the application of GIS, remote sensing and IT. The first year consists of introductory IT, GIS, elective topics, major sequence subjects and a GIS field camp. The second year includes GIS, remote sensing, statistics, major sequence topics and importantly, an industry placement of 120 hours over the summer break where the students gain experience working in the industry. The third year consists of Advanced Digital Image Analysis, GIS modelling, major sequence topics, and a major project that allows each student to apply their GIS, remote sensing and IT knowledge in an exciting and relevant area of interest. Students who are eligible are also encouraged to consider Honours.


  • Bachelor of Science Major - Students may undertake a Bachelor of Science major selected from the following: Animal Biology Aquatic Biology Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Chemistry Cognitive Science Computer Science Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Environmental Geology Environmental Hydrology and Water Resources Environmental Management Geography Mathematics Microbiology Ocean and Climate Sciences Physics Plant Biology Statistics Bachelor of Arts Major - Students may undertake a Bachelor of Arts major selected from the following: Applied Linguistics Australian Studies Creative Writing Criminology Drama English French History Indonesian Innovation and Enterprise International Relations Italian Law and Society Modern Greek Philosophy Politics Screen and Media Sociology Spanish Women's Studies

Standard entry requirements

  • Year 12 or equivalent
  • Or mature age entry (STAT)
  • Or TAFE/VET qualifications
  • Or higher education transfers
  • Or completion of a foundation studies program


Graduates may apply for professional recognition by the Spatial Sciences Institute.

Study information

Campus Fees Mid year intake Attendance
Bedford Park International: $85,500 Yes No information available

Further information

Students also have the option of combining this degree with Archaeology and any other degree within the College of Science and Engineering, subject to meeting entry requirements.

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