Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Degree options: Any degree, minor
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
- 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.
Popular career paths for GIS graduates include:
- GIS/GPS analyst
- field surveyor
- computer mapping and software developer
- map interpreter
- aerial photo analyst
- computer programmer
- database administrator
- web/application developer
“I love designing and making maps. The power of a good map to convey
information quickly, effectively, and beautifully, is the culmination of
long hours of careful thought and design. Although GIS is far more than
just map-making, it remains my favourite part of the discipline, and it
always makes me feel like an artist and a scientist at the same time.”
Honours environmental science, biology major (’13)
“I really like being able to produce materials that can lead to
solutions for real-life problems, instead of just writing about them.
And GIS has already opened a lot of doors for me. Not only do employers
look for those with GIS skills, but the power of GIS will change how you
approach and solve problems, allowing you to see issues from many
Honours environmental science, minors in GIS and biology (’13)
Geographic information systems (GIS) computing lab – provides a teaching lab and research space for faculty and students. It supports a range of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software used by researchers and industry.
Geospatial Modelling Lab – facilitates spatial analysis and modelling that can be applied to assist environmental monitoring, mapping and conservation planning. Students have the opportunity to work in this lab as research assistants, particularly those minoring in GIS.