Geographic information systems students learn to present geographic information in a way that is useful to policy and decision makers.
GIS combines cartography with statistical analysis and database technology to capture, analyze, and present geographic information in a way that is useful to decision and policy makers.
Program overview

Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
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GIS has a wide relevance for solving problems like determining the best location to place everything from a business to a solar panel or helping medical professionals identify and monitor disease outbreaks. GIS is also widely used in social research to track patterns of social vulnerability, public opinion, human activity, or to assess access to services.

Mount Allison offers two geographic information system (GIS) courses, as well as an interdisciplinary minor that draws on GIS, computer science, and courses in geography, environmental science, and environmental studies. In this interdisciplinary program, you will look at subjects like:

  • data collection and analysis
  • cartography
  • the role of maps in conveying geographic information
  • research techniques
  • advanced methods of producing and visualizing surfaces and data

Find a list of GIS courses in the academic calendar – geography and environment.

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