GIS @ Mt A ? Yes!

GIS is computing technology for understanding spatial patterns. It involves map making, but it's also more than maps! It's a way to understand how phenomenon happen in space and time.

According to P&S Market Research, the global GIS market is expected to grow at 11% from 2015-2020. Mount Allison graduates who study GIS are well placed to be part of this industry's growth.

We're aware more than ever that many of our most pressing issues, such as climate change, habitat alteration, and resource over-exploitation, are global in scope and require the big-picture view a GIS can provide.

Who Uses GIS?
  • Government, at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels.
  • Planners.
  • Researchers and analysts.
  • Aerospace industry.
  • Transportation and logistics industry.
  • Telecommunications industry.
  • Healthcare industry.
  • Market Researchers.
  • Many others!

What GIS Courses Does Mt.A Offer?

The two core MtA GIS courses are:
  • GENS 2441 (Geographic Information Systems)
  • GENS 4721 (Advanced Geographic Information Systems)

What Are the Courses Like?

Mount Allison GIS courses are a mixture of lecture and lab where you will have the opportunity to gain fluency in an industry-leading software program called ArcGIS ( You'll learn the best practices of high-quality map-making, and in the advanced class, discover how to automate geoprocessing workflows using Python and Javascript.

What Do I Need to Complete a Mount Allison GIS Minor?

You can complete a multi-disciplinary GIS Minor by choosing from amongst the following additional courses in Computer Science and Geography and Environment:
  • 6 credits from COMP 1631, 1731
  • 3 credits from GENS 1401, GENV 1201
  • 3 credits from GENS 2431, MATH 2311
  • 3 credits from COMP 2611, 3851
  • 3 credits from GENS 3401, GENV 3701