Stellenbosch University

Geoinformatics at Stellenbosch University

Scientific professions, such as those in environmental consultancy, the mining sector and engineering firms, increasingly use geographic information technology to record digitally, manipulate, analyse, model and map spatial information. This programme equips you with knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis of geoinformatics in terms of spatial information, computer skills, geographic information technology and mapping skills that will enable you to develop and apply geographic information systems (GIS), earth observation (remote sensing) and global positioning systems (GPS) effectively.

This three-year programme is concerned with the theoretical, methodological and practical aspects of geoinformatics. In addition, it complies with the requirements for professional registration as a geographical information science (GISc) technologist.

First year: Geo-environmental Science, Computer Science, Mathematics, Computer Skills, Scientific Communication Skills, Physics (Bio).

Second year: Prescribed modules in Geography and Environmental Studies, Business Ethics, Geographical Information Technology, Scientific Computing, Statistical Methods and elective modules of Computer Science or Socio-Informatics.

Third year: Geographical Information Technology and Scientific Computing, with a choice from Computer Science or Socio-Informatics.

As a GIS specialist and information expert you can pursue a career in the following fields or with one of the following institutions: environmental consultancies; planning and engineering firms; software development firms; computer consultancies; all levels of government involved in resource and infrastructure management; agencies involved in the development of natural resources; or in programmes for human development; mining and mineral exploration; marketing; utility companies; and service providers. You will also be able to work for tertiary institutions as a lecturer and/or researcher.

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