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Geomatics

Geomatics combines the power of computing with geographic and environmental analysis.

Geomatics' students are...

  • In demand - Geomatics is one of the 3 most important emerging and evolving career areas today according to Industry Canada.
  • A cut above - it's the only Geomatics program that includes the fundamentals of software design as part of required courses.
  • Experienced - high-tech labs, co-op, field trips, and world-class professors help land exciting jobs.
    Geomatics consists of a number of disciplines that are used to create a detailed but understandable picture of the physical world and our place in it.

These disciplines include:

  • geographic information systems (GIS)
  • remote sensing
  • surveying and mapping
  • global positioning system (GPS)
  • surveying

A world leader in Geomatics

Become part of Canada's geomatics community, which is a world leader in providing the software, hardware, services and knowledge that help clients address challenges and opportunities in such areas as:

  • the environment
  • health care
  • land management and reform
  • development planning
  • infrastructure management
  • natural resource monitoring
  • weather reporting
  • recreational industries
  • sustainable development
  • coastal zone management and mapping

The skills students in Geomatics take away will help them in any field they enter. 

What is Geomatics?

Co-op Sequence

  Fall Term
(September-December)
Winter Term
(January-April)
Spring Term
(May-August)
Year 1 Study Study Off
Year 2 Study Work Study
Year 3 Work Study Work
Year 4 Study Work Study
Year 5 Work Study Off

Geography and Environmental Management is offered in co-op or non co-op streams. If you're not in co-op, you'll have your summer off to work, complete research projects, travel, or do whatever else you want! Our team in the Centre for Career Action can help you with your resume, interview practice and finding summer jobs.

Possible career paths

  • Research and create location-based marketing strategies for organizations.
  • Track climate change through satellite technology to forecast future climate possibilities.
  • Work with energy and power companies to map out the most effective way to design power grids or pipelines.

Cool grads

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist, Ducks Unlimited Canada
  • Consumer Insights Analyst, AC Nielsen
  • Software Developer, Esri Canada
  • Remote Sensing Analyst, PCI Geomatics
  • 3D Map Administrator, Baird Software
  • Remote Sensing Specialist, Environment Canada
 
 

Customize your degree

With so much choice in the courses you take, you'll be able to take advantage of some unique specializations open just to Geography and Environmental Management, Geomatics and Geography and Aviation students. 

  • Earth Systems Science
  • Geomatics (not available to Geomatics students, obviously)
  • Development and Environment
  • Climate Change (new for 2015!)

Specializations are a collection of courses designed by your program to give help you explore a certain area of interest. They typically require students to take eight courses from a collection of selected courses. 

Geomatics and Computer Science

Did you apply to Computer Science and receive an alternate offer to Geomatics? Find out more about the connections between the two disciplines and why Geomatics might be the right program for you.  

How to get in

Co-op and Regular

Required Courses

  • Grade 12 U English (at least 70% normally required)
  • any Grade 12 U Mathematics course (at least 70% normally required)

Admissions Average: High 70s to Low 80s

More Admissions information

Courses for Success

These courses will help you succeed in your studies at Waterloo but do not affect admissions.

  • a second Grade 12 U Mathematics
  • Grade 11 U Introduction to Computer Science is highly recommended
  • Grade 12 U Computer Science would be an asset

Find out more

  • Visit the Geomatics website to learn more about courses, careers and student life in the Geomatics community. 
  • Come for a visit! Join us for an on campus event or book a tour. 
  • Learn how to apply to Geomatics. Contact us with your questions
  • Connect with Taylor Kerstens, Recruitment Officer for the Faculty of Environment. She can answer any questions you have, arrange a tour and introduce you to a current student

APPLY

Co-op and Regular

Required Courses

  • Grade 12 U English (at least 70% normally required)
  • any Grade 12 U Mathematics course (at least 70% normally required)

Admissions Average: High 70s to Low 80s

More Admissions information

Courses for Success

These courses will help you succeed in your studies at Waterloo but do not affect admissions.

  • a second Grade 12 U Mathematics
  • Grade 11 U Introduction to Computer Science is highly recommended
  • Grade 12 U Computer Science would be an asset