BH117 - Bachelor of Science (Geospatial Science) (Honours)

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Plan: BH117 - Bachelor of Science (Geospatial Science) (Honours)
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Bachelor of Science (Geospatial Science) (Honours)
Award abbreviation: BSc(GeospSc)(Hons)
Total credit points: 384
Career: UGRD
Duration: 4 years full time (8 semesters)
Location: City Campus
Owning school: Science (171H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 031199
CRICOS code: 084349J

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Purpose of the Program

The Bachelor of Science (Geospatial Science)(Honours) degree will enable you to apply scientific principles in professional practice as well as research.

You will gain a sound repertoire of scientific knowledge and skills, which will provide you with a foundation for a professional career in Geospatial Science. Examples include careers in cartography, mapping, surveying, measurement and geographical visualisation.

You will develop:

  • knowledge and fundamental skills essential for all aspects of work and research in the geospatial sciences;
  • knowledge in all areas of geospatial science including cartography, mapping, surveying, measurement, and geographical visualisation;
  • practical skills developed through field work, presentations, projects and reports;
  • a foundation for a career in geospatial sciences and opportunities to take on a leadership role in a changing global market shaped by economic, cultural, environmental and regulatory dynamics.

You will complete a minimum of 240 hours of work experience in external employment which will be recognised by credit in two courses GEOM2163 & GEOM2164. 

You will also undertake a capstone experience in the final year courses GEOM2114 Geospatial Science Major Project A and GEOM2115 Geospatial Science Major Project B, in which you will conduct an independent research project.  Your project must demonstrate elements of research and enquiry, including a literature review, analysis and discussion. All projects are reviewed by an industry panel as a part of the assessment.

This program is delivered on campus; some courses may be available online.

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Articulation and pathways

If you have completed the:

Advanced Diploma of Surveying 

You have guaranteed entry into the:BH117, Bachelor of Science (Geospatial Science)(Honours)
and you will get credit for:8 Courses - equivalent to 96 credit points
The courses for which you will get credit are:
  1. GEOM2088 - Introduction to Surveying
  2. ONPS2334 - Scientific Skills and Communication
  3. GEOM2077 - Cartography 1
  4. GEOM1022 - Physical Geography
  5. GEOM1033 - Spatial Information Science Fundamentals
  6. GEOM2083 - Applied Geospatial Techniques
  7. GEOM2089 - Plane Surveying and Computations
  8. University Student Elective

If you require further details on the programs refer to the destination Program's information provided in RMIT Handbook

Students transferring from BH116 - Bachelor of Applied Science (Surveying) (Honours)

Applications for transfer from BH116 Bachelor of Applied Science (Surveying) (Honours) will only be considered after completion of the first year of BH116.  Transfer will only be possible if there are suitable vacancies in the BH117 Bachelor of Science (Geospatial Science) (Honours) program.  Students accepted into this program will receive credit for all courses common between the two programs.

You will not be required to complete MATH2211 Mathematics for Scientists in the BH117 Bachelor of Science (Geospatial Science) (Honours) program but in its place you must take an additional Program Option, or another University Student elective approved by the Program Manager, to achieve the required 384 credit points for graduation.

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Entrance requirements

Program entry requirements

Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent.  

For information on international qualifications and corresponding entry requirements that are equivalent to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country equivalents web page.


Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) prerequisite units 3 and 4 — a study score of at least 20 in Mathematics (any), and a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in any other English.

English language requirements

A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band below 6.0; or equivalent.   

For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page.

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External accreditation and industry links

This program has international external accreditation through the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) which is an international association of professional surveyors.  

Graduates may be eligible for admission to the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute of Australia (SSSI). Graduates may also be eligible for membership of the Mapping Sciences Institute of Australia (MSIA) and for the Institution of Surveyors (Victoria) given certain subject choices. Please discuss this with your program leader.

The School of Science has extensive links with industry across all aspects of this program, including cartography, spatial sciences and surveying.

An Industry Advisory Committee comprising senior industry figures representing the spatial sciences meets regularly to ensure the relevance of the Geospatial Science program to industry. Industry partners enjoy a strong link with RMIT, with a number of opportunities for students to participate in industry related teaching and learning activities, such as field and project work.

The Bachelor of Science (Geospatial Science) (Honours) enjoys an excellent academic and vocational reputation. The program is widely recognised by industry employers as producing graduates who are well informed, motivated, adaptable and industry ready. In fact, the range of capabilities of our graduates has often led to them being singled-out and eagerly snapped-up by prospective employers.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Resources available from the Library:
As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT wireless network in the Library.
Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

A Geospatial Science Library Guide for survering and geospatial science is available at:

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at:

Online learning tools and content:
As a student in this program you may access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses from the student portal, myRMIT

Learning services available to you as a student at RMIT
RMIT provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals. 

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. 

The School also has many computing laboratories, which are equipped with modern computers and accessories and supported by state-of-the-art Geospatial Science software. RMIT has a planned budget to ensure that all computers are upgraded on a regular basis.

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