Bachelor of Applied Geographical Information Systems

Fast facts

Course type: Undergraduate degree
Course length: 3 years
Location: On campus

2015 Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR): 70.00
Guaranteed entry ATAR
Certificate 4 or above
Bonus points: Science and Maths, SEAS, RISAS

International students:
FISC Foundation: 6.2, A Levels: 7, IB Diploma: 25, Gao Kao: Tier Two
English requirements

Course overview

The Bachelor of Applied Geographical Information Systems (GIS) is an exciting and comprehensive course that will give you the skills to support change and growth in some of the most important areas of modern society.

You will combine core topics in GIS, remote sensing and information technology with your choice of a major sequence in the area where you would like to work. Popular majors include biology, geography, earth sciences, environmental studies, archaeology and criminal justice. 

Industry placements in 3rd year will help you develop contacts and work skills.

This course appeals to students who enjoy computing, graphics and digital mapping and would like to use these skills to tackle real-world problems.

What will I study? 

Refer to the course rule

What are Geographical Information Systems (GIS)?

GIS is a computer-based system capable of integrating, editing, sharing, modelling and displaying geographically referenced information. It allows users to create interactive queries, analyse the information, edit data, create maps and present the results of these operations.

It is used extensively across a range of areas, including biodiversity management, urban planning, mining and exploration, archaeology, transportation, and infrastructure management. Its applications are broad - from scientific investigations to criminology, history, sales, marketing, route planning and logistics.

Why study Geographical Information Systems (GIS) at Flinders?

  • There is a natural synergy with many of our School of the Environment's broader areas of interest, including housing studies, urban and regional development, demography, ecology, water and environmental management.
  • We are a partner in the Adelaide-based National Key Centre for Social and Economic Applications of GIS, and the Australian Research Council Research Network for Spatially Integrated Social Sciences. 
  • Our research activities include: spatial and population modelling of habitat and landscape reconstruction, ecological and environmental change of inland water systems, mapping urban sprawl dynamics using night-time satellite imagery, GeoHealth, and crime analysis. 
  • Our staff are involved a range of initiatives including: the protection and recovery program for the Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby in South Australia, the development of a new GIS tool that helps conservation planners find optimal solutions when restoring native habitats, a $2.2 million CLLAMMecolog project, which is investigating the health of the Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth, and many others. 
  • We have a dedicated Spatial Information Systems Laboratory containing state-of-the-art workstations, which run ArcGIS, ArcINFO and ERDAS IMAGINE, the School's primary GIS and remote sensing software packages.

Career Opportunities

What can I do with my Bachelor of Applied Geographical Information Systems degree?

Combined degree options

You can combine this course with the following:

Study a language

Flinders also offers all students the opportunity to major in a language in conjunction with any undergraduate course. The Diploma in Language is designed to provide students with competence in a chosen language that adds greater portability to their qualifications. You will complete a total of 1 extra year of study and graduate with both your chosen degree and the Diploma in Language. You can apply for this at time of enrolment.

Entry requirements

Prerequisities: None

Domestic students: You can qualify for undergraduate courses through: year 12 qualifications, adult entry (STAT/Bridging Program), TAFE/VET qualification, higher education transfers. Flinders also offers a range of special access schemes. Refer to undergraduate study applications.

International students: Entry and English requirements

Applications and annual fees

Domestic students
SATAC code: 214591
Mid year entry: Yes
Applications: SATAC Uniweb 
Annual fees:

Place type: Commonwealth-supported

2015: $8,347

International students
CRICOS code: 052031G
Mid year entry: Yes
Applications: How to apply 
Annual fees:

2015: $20,700




  • Domestic student fees are indicative only. Further information: How are these fees calculated?How are these fees calculated?
  • We accept international applications for programs commencing beyond the year advertised and tuition fees for these years will be higher. Please note that your tuition fees may be subject to an annual increase.

Credit transfer

Refer to credit transfer for further information.

Further study options

Course brochures

Domestic students

Environment (PDF 3MB)

International students
eBrochure: Undergraduate international prospectus
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