Geospatial Science Major - Bachelor of Science

In the Geospatial Science major in the Bachelor of Science you learn to interpret, analyse, present, and distribute information about locations in space and time.

Geospatial scientists help determine where schools, hospitals and new housing areas are located, and how to make the most efficient use of available resources. Geospatial scientists also identify which areas need environmental protection.

Geospatial science at AUT emphasises its use for conservation planning. Graduates with geospatial science skills are sought after by a range of employers, and demand will continue to grow, spurred on by population growth and finite resources. You explore an awareness of environmental considerations, and develop geospatial plans for environmental management and resource planning.

The Bachelor of Science information published here relates to 2022. The 2023 offerings for this degree are still to be confirmed and will be added as soon as available.

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This is part of the Bachelor of Science.

Start date: 2022

Start date: 2023

Year 1

Complete the following courses

BIOL502 Plants and Animals or ENVS501 Biodiversity
HEAL506 Knowledge, Enquiry and Communication
HEAL507 Health and Environment or MAOH501 Hauora Māori and Environment
ECOL501 Ecology and Evolution
BIOL501 Biological Sampling and Interpretation
ENVS522 Our Dynamic Earth

And at least two of

BIOL502 Plants and Animals or ENVS501 Biodiversity
CHEM501 Principles of Chemistry
SCIE503 Biophysics
MICR501 Microbiology
CHEM502 Biological Chemistry
ENVS523 Human Geography

Year 2 and 3

Level 6 courses

ENVS601 Environmental Law
SCIE602 Research Techniques
ENVS621 Geographical Information Systems
ENVS622 Biogeography
GEOL601 Geology, Landscape and Environmental

Plus three elective courses.

Level 7 courses

ENVS721 Geospatial Analysis
ENVS723 Remote Sensing
ENVS704 Ecological Management and Modelling

Plus five elective courses with two at level 7, or three electives and the Research Project course.

Workplace experience

In your final year you can enrol in the Research Project course (30 points) if you have at least a B grade average in 60 points at level 6. This may involve working on an industry-related project related to your major.

SCIE701 Research Project

The Bachelor of Science information published here relates to 2022. The 2023 offerings for this degree are still to be confirmed and will be added as soon as available.

  • Environmental planner
  • GIS analyst or consultant
  • Natural resource or hazard manager
  • Sustainable development planner
  • Geography teacher*
  • Geospatial scientist for Crown-owned research institutes, government departments and local government

*After completing a graduate diploma in education.


Find out more about industry trends, job descriptions and what employers may be looking for.

Geospatial Science Careers

Other majors in the Bachelor of Science

You can combine this major with other majors like Environmental Science, Marine Biology or Applied Conservation, and complete your Bachelor of Science within three years without doing more than the standard eight courses (120 points) per year.

Postgraduate study options

Key features
  • High demand for geospatial science graduates
  • Skills to shape the physical spaces people live in
  • Research project and industry placement options
See yourself as
  • Having creative problem-solving skills
  • Interested in the natural environment, sustainability and geospatial planning
  • Curious about using maps and GIS software

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.

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