Harness the power of geographic data.

Geomatics student flying a drone

Geomatics combines computer science with geographic data analysis to devise data-driven solutions to complex problems, like mapping the response time of fire services and fire stations.

Learn to use tools such as remote sensing, computer mapping, geographic information systems (GIS), and GPS to analyze geographic data, understand spatial data, and make meaningful decisions. At the same time, you’ll also learn the fundamentals of software design from Waterloo’s computer science experts and have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and gain paid work experience in co-op.

Once you graduate, you’ll find no end of opportunities to put your skills to work. Help governments prepare for natural hazards such as floods. Track crime rates or the spread of disease. Map demographics for businesses, or develop transportation routes for municipalities. In this rapidly growing field, our grads are in high demand!

Program highlights

Get career-relevant skills. Because we’ll train you on the advanced industry tools and techniques such as remote sensing, drones, and global positioning receivers, you’re ready to make an impact from day one of your career.

Gain valuable computing skills. Take additional courses at Waterloo’s world-class Cheriton School of Computer Science, and you can include a Computing minor as part of your degree.


If you’re interested in geography, spatial data, policy making, and analyzing data, Pedro recommends earning a degree in Geomatics.

What will you learn?  

First-year courses

During your first year, you'll take foundational geography, environmental studies, English, and math courses.

In your upper years, about half of the classes you'll take will focus on geography and geomatics.

Learn more about the courses you'll take for your Geomatics degree.

Customize your degree

You can also add additional areas of expertise by including one or more of the areas of focus within the program.

  • Aviation
  • Climate Change and Environment
  • Earth Systems Science
  • Economy and Society

You can also include one of the minors available to all Waterloo students. Popular choices include Biology and Earth Sciences


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Co-op = relevant paid work experience

Waterloo's co-op program, the largest in North America, is an amazing way to explore potential careers, learn to interview for jobs, graduate with up to two years of valuable experience – and make money!

Sample co-op job titles

  • GIS operator
  • Education consultant
  • GIS & data management student
  • Map design support
  • Junior GIS assistant
  • Geomatics plan technician

Co-op work-study sequence

Starting in second year, you'll normally alternate between school and work every four months, integrating your classroom learning with real-world experience. You can return to the same employer for a couple of work terms to gain greater knowledge and responsibility or work for different employers to get a broad range of experience.

Year September to December (Fall) January to April (Winter) May to August (Spring)
First Study Study Off
Second Study Co-op Study
Third Co-op Study Co-op
Fourth Study Co-op Co-op
Fifth Study Study -

Your first work term will be halfway through second year (January to April 2026).

Learn more about co-op →


megaphone icon"From remote sensing and GIS to learning how to analyze geographic output, the skills we learn encompass both qualitative and quantitative aspects. And with Canada's leading co-op program, you can apply these skills to a wide variety of topics."Martin, second-year Geomatics co-op student
megaphone icon"The professors are amazing and very approachable. With small class sizes, you can get to know each other on a first-name basis, which makes classes more enjoyable. Plus there's enough freedom to take courses in other areas of interest as electives!"Liam, third-year Geomatics student

Admission requirements

Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including 

  • Any Grade 12 U English (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
  • Any Grade 12 U Mathematics course (minimum final grade of 70% is required)

Admission average: Low 80s

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How to apply

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