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!

3Three specializations to customize your degree

BreifCaseAvailable as a regular and co-op program

sateliteUse high-tech labs and equipment in your courses


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

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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

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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.

Add a computing minor

Take additional courses at Waterloo’s world-class Cheriton School of Computer Science, and you can earn a Computing minor as part of your Geomatics degree.