Bachelor of Spatial Science (Honours) (Geographic Information Systems)
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.
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.
If you are enrolled in the External study mode in this degree, you will 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.
How much will it cost?
Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this program are:
|Commonwealth supported||AUD 9352|
|Domestic full fee paying||AUD 24080|
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.
This program includes an on-campus residential school component that involves travel, accommodation and meal expenses.
The lowest OP/unadjusted Rank* to which an offer was made is 13/71. OP/Ranks based upon all offers made in Semester 1, 2019.
- 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.
*Further admission information
An adjusted Selection Rank is the result of combining additional ranks through special entry schemes for admission.
Special entry schemes for admissions may help you get into the program of your choice by increasing your Selection Rank, through the allocation of additional ranks in certain circumstances.
An adjusted Selection Rank is the result of combining additional ranks with a student's OP/Selection Rank. An unadjusted Selection Rank is the student's Selection Rank without any rank adjustments.
USQ is committed to greater admissions transparency. Learn more about the education and work experience, as well as average OP/Ranks for this programs' student cohort for Semester 1, 2018.
How to apply
- Apply via QTAC (Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre) if you:
- have never studied with USQ before, or
- are a Year 12 student, or
- want to transfer to USQ from another university.
Please note down the QTAC codes below to complete your application.
- Alternatively, you may be able to apply directly to USQ if you:
- are a current or previous USQ student returning to study with complete or incomplete qualifications (excluding Head Start students), or
- have recently graduated from TAFE.
Applying directly to USQ:
- Semester 1, 2020 - applications close Friday 6 March, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 24 February 2020.
- Semester 2, 2020 - applications close Friday 17 July (QTAC) and 24 July (direct), with semester 2 commencing on Monday 13 July 2020.
If you are applying via QTAC, you will need to check the QTAC closing dates.