Geotag, you're it! Harness the power of geographic data. 

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 from Geomatics, which is ranked in the top 100 internationally for it's remote sensing courses (Shanghai World University Rankings 2020), 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 the rapidly growing field of geomatics, our grads are in high demand!

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

Admission averages: Low 80s

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First-year Geomatics courses

September to December

GEOG 181 - Designing Effective Maps
GEOG 187 - Problem Solving in Geomatics
ENVS 178 - Environmental Applications of Data Management and Statistics
One of
CS 115 - Introduction to Computer Science 1
CS 135 - Designing Functional Problems
One of
MATH 106 - Applied Linear Algebra 1
MATH 114 - Linear Algebra for Science

January to April

GEOG 281 - Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
ENVS 278 - Applied Statistics for Environmental Research
One of
GEOG 101 - Human Geographies: People, Space and Change
ENGL 109 - Introduction to Academic Writing
ENGL 129R - Written Academic English
One of
CS 116 - Introduction to Computer Science 2
CS 136 - Elementary Algorithm Design and Data Abstraction


Note: This a sample schedule. Courses may be taught in different terms from year to year.

After first year

About half of the classes you’ll take will be Geography courses. With your remaining classes, you can choose electives from many of the 100 subject areas at Waterloo.

View a list of all the courses required for your degree.

Sample upper-year courses

CS 136 – Elementary Algorithm Design and Data Abstraction
GEOG 381 – Advanced Geographic Information Systems
CS 338 – Computer Applications in Business: Databases
GEOG 487 – Management Issues in Geographic Information Systems


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

BreifCaseAvailable as a regular and co-op program

ClickApply directly to the Geomatics program on your application

Graduation CapEarn a Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree in Geomatics


Co-op = relevant paid work experience

By alternating school terms and paid co-op work terms throughout your degree, you can explore new career areas and types of employers as your career interests evolve.

Sample co-op job titles

  • GIS operator
  • Education consultant
  • GIS & data management student
  • Map design support
  • Junior GIS assistant
  • Monitoring and data services strategist support
  • Geomatics plan technician
  • QA associate

Sample co-op employers

  • Elections Ontario
  • The Regional Municipality of Halton
  • Statistics Canada
  • Toronto Transit Commission
  • Region of Waterloo
  • BlueDot
  • Natural Resources Canada
  • GHD

sateliteUse high-tech labs and equipment in your courses

EnvironmentOffered by the Faculty of Environment

3Three specializations to customize your degree


Customize your degree in Geomatics

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

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

You can also include one of the minors available to all Waterloo students. Some popular choices for Geomatics students include minors in Biology and Earth Sciences

What can you do with a degree in Geomatics?

Our students are active in both developing hands-on skills and pursuing careers in areas such as land use, engineering technology, spatial analysis, natural resources, consulting, and software development.

Recent graduates

  • Geographic Information System Analyst – Canada Post
  • Geomatics Analyst – Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness Canada
  • Senior Application Analyst – Accenture (US)
  • Geographic Information System Specialist – CanAcre
  • Geographic Information System Computer-Aided Design Technician – City of Windsor
  • Analyst – Department of National Defence
  • Software Developer – Fortigo Freight Services

For more information on potential careers, check out our page on careers in environment, sustainability, and geography.

Add a computing option

Take additional courses at Waterloo’s world-class Cheriton School of Computer Science, and you can earn a Computer Technology option.

Get career relevant skills

Because we’ll train you on the same advanced tools and techniques used in industry, you’re ready to make an impact from day one of your career.


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