AAS Geographic


Information Systems


The Associate in Applied Science degree in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) allows students to view, understand, question, interpret and visualize data in many ways that reveal relationships, patterns and trends in the form of maps, reports and charts. The GIS programme integrates hardware, software and data for managing, analyzing and displaying all forms of information. The use of this technology has expanded rapidly and GIS professionals are now in demand in many different types of public and private sector agencies, regionally and internationally.


Five (5) CSEC (CXC)/GCE O’Level subjects, inclusive of English A, mathematics and a science subject, Grades 1,2,3* or A,B,C.

*Grade 3 accepted if attained in June 1998 or beyond

Applicants who possess CAPE or A’Level qualifications may be considered for advanced standing (the award of credits towards your degree programme).



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    3 Years (PT)



                                                COURSES IN THE MAJOR                                                                         CORE CURRICULUM COURSES

    ENVS 160 Environmental Studies I 3 WRIT 117 Fundamentals of Writing 3
    ENVS 204 Surveying and Drawing 3 COMM 118 Communication in the Workplace 3
    GISY 172 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3 LIBS 130 Fundamental  Research Skills 3
    GISY 174 Introduction to Remote Sensing 3 SPAN 100 Introduction to Spanish 3
    GISY 175 Introduction to Geographic Information  Systems Programming 3 MATH 117 College Algebra 3
    GISY 272 Spatial Database Design 3  Total Core Curriculum Courses 15
    GISY 274 Principles of Cartography 3  SUPPORT COURSES
    GISY 276 Geographic Information Applications in the Workplace 3 GEOG 121 Concepts in Geography 3
    GISY 299 Senior Project – Geographic Information Systems 3 ITEC  115 Information Systems Project Management 3
    LAWW 165 Introduction to Environmental Law and  Policy 3 ITEC 240 Web Page Design 3
    Total Credits for Required Courses in the Major 30 STAT 120 Fundamentals of Statistics 3
    Total Support Courses Credits 12
     Approved Core Curriculum Course  3
    Total Guided Elective Course Credits 3

    The table below provides a summary of fees payable to the College. Only nationals of Trinidad and Tobago are eligible to receive government’s GATE funding for tuition expenses listed hereunder.

    Fees Citizens Caricom International Per
    Applications: Paper-based $25.00 $25.00 $25.00 Application
    Applications: Online Free Free Free Application
    Registration $80.00 $80.00 $80.00 Semester
    Tuition $300.00 $400.00 $750.00 Credit
    Administrative Fee $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Semester
    Technology $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Semester
    Student Insurance $30.00 $30.00 $30.00 Annum
    Student Guild $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Annum

    Included in the college fees, is basic insurance coverage for accident and injury. However, CARICOM and international students are also required to secure additional insurance to cover medical expenses.

    All students of COSTAATT are required to pay an annual insurance fee of $30.00. Completed student insurance forms must be submitted to the College at the beginning of the first semester in which students register for the academic year. Coverage is restricted to students who are between ages 16 to 65.

    The College accepts the following methods of payment:

    • Cash
    • LINX
    • Visa/Master card
    • Certified/Manager’s cheque

    Institutional fees are non-refundable. Students who officially withdraw from the College may be eligible for a refund of tuition fees in accordance with the schedule outlined in the Academic Calendar. Please note that students in receipt of GATE funding are not eligible for tuition refunds.


    The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE)

    The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses programme (GATE) provides free tuition to all eligible citizens of Trinidad and Tobago pursuing approved programmes at public and private tertiary level institutions. Information on eligibility and conditions for accessing GATE funding is available at the Ministry of Education website at:  www.moe.gov.tt

    Students must note that GATE funding is available for the duration of their course of study and one year beyond. Students who fail to complete their programme within the stipulated time frame will be required to meet the cost of programme completion.

    The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE) programme is a one hundred per cent, tuition fee funding programme offered by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. Only nationals of Trinidad and Tobago are eligible to apply, and students must be registered in a course of study leading to a tertiary level qualification.

    For further information on the GATE programme please visit the website of the Ministry of Education.

    The vast majority of the College’s programmes are eligible for GATE.


    Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP)

    The Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) is a special loan facility made available to citizens of Trinidad and Tobago who are enrolled in an approved tertiary level programme at a registered tertiary institution to meet the following expenses:

    • tuition fees
    • accommodation
    • airfare and other transportation costs
    • personal maintenance costs and living expenses
    • books and related materials
    • special equipment
    • other related tertiary expenses

    For further information on the Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) students can visit the Ministry of Education website at: www.moe.gov.tt


    Payment Plans

    Payment plans are available, please contact the Office of the Registrar for further details: registrar@costaatt.edu.tt

    To be awarded the Associate in Applied Science degree in Geographic Information Systems, students must successfully complete 60 credits with a minimum of GPA of 2.0, according to the following distribution:

    Courses in the major area of study 30 credits
    Total Courses in Major Area of Study 30 credits
    Core curriculum courses 15 credits
    Support courses

    Guided Elective courses

    12 credits

    3 credits

    Total Credits Required for Graduation 60 credits

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