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Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc, BAppSc(Hons)) majoring in Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

Apply for the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) through the Dunedin campus in 2023

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Apply for the Bachelor of Applied Science with Honours (BAppSc(Hons)) through the Dunedin campus in 2023

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The School of Surveying partners with the Department of Information Science (Division of Commerce) in offering a three-year Applied Science degree in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) (four years if taken to Honours level). This is the only New Zealand undergraduate degree majoring in GIS and combines elements such as GIS data structures, remote sensing, spatial databases, spatial analysis, geographical visualization and GIS programming. It is designed for those who wish to seek employment in one of the world's fastest growing areas of information technology. It is the technology behind Google Earth / Maps, but is also integral to local government, utilities (water, electricity), forestry and agriculture operations and well as being a multi-billion dollar industry in its own right.

GIS can also be taken as a minor subject to complement cognate majors such as Information Science, Geography and Geology, for example.

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For any enquiries about the Bachelor of Applied Science majoring in GIS please contact:

Dr. Tony Moore
Rm 128, 310 Castle Street
Ph +64 3 479 7589

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Programme requirements

Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) majoring in Geographic Information Systems

Year Papers Points

COMP 101  Foundations of Information Systems

COMP 161  Computer Programming, or COMP 162  Foundations of Computer Science

MATH 130  Fundamentals of Modern Mathematics 1, or MATH 140  Fundamentals of Modern Mathematics 2

SURV 120  Surveying and Spatial Science

At least one of COMP 151, EAOS 111, GEOG 101, GEOG 102, GEOL 112, STAT 110, SURV 130, ENGL 228

Note: Students are exempt from COMP 161 if they have gained entry to COMP 162 by passing COMP 151 with a grade of at least B or via an Advanced Placement Test.







INFO 201 Developing Information Systems 1

INFO 202 Developing Information Systems 2

SURV 220  Geographic Information Science

At least one 200-level GEOG or SURV paper





Above 200-level

SURV 309  Introduction to Remote Sensing Technologies

SURV 314  3D Reality Capture

SURV 319  Spatial Algorithms and Programming

SURV 320  Spatial Analysis and Visualisation

At least one further 300-level GEOG or SURV paper







108 further points, including either requirements for an approved minor or approved second major subject or other approved papers


  1. These requirements apply to students who are commencing this programme in 2023. Students who enrolled in this programme in 2022 or earlier will normally complete the programme under the regulations in force when they first enrolled. Pre-2023 programme requirements can be found in the 2022 University of Otago Calendar and the 2022 Guide to Enrolment.
  2. If you have any questions regarding the structure of your degree, please contact for further information.


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Bachelor of Applied Science with Honours (BAppSc(Hons)) in Geographic Information Systems



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