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Environmental Geomatics Major

Environmental Geomatics

Admission Requirements

The Forces Shaping Our Planet

 Address Natural Hazard Impacts

You will be equipped to assess and address the impacts of natural hazards on society such as flood-plain mapping and emergency management, human impacts on the environment and more.

 Become an Environmental Professional

The emphasis on geomatics and spatial technologies (such as geographic information systems and remote sensing) will give you a recognized specialization as an environmental professional.

 Gain Valuable Field Experience

One of the core tenants of the Environmental Geomatics major has been the focus on field-based and experiential learning, in which students use state-of-the-science software and data to solve real-world geographical problems.

Why Environmental Geomatics?

Environmental Geomatics provides students with innumerable opportunities to study the processes and properties of the biophysical environment, from in-field to the classroom, and explores the societal relevance of geographical knowledge in the context of our ever-changing environments.

Students in the Environmental Geomatics (EG) major at the University of Guelph might also be interested in studying Environmental Biology, Geography, Wildlife Biology and Conservation, or other majors.

What You Will Learn

Semester 1
  • Discovering Biodiversity
  • General Chemistry I
  • Earth: Hazards and Global Change
  • Elements of Calculus I or Calculus I
  • Physics for Life Sciences
Semester 2
  • Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • General Chemistry II
  • Introduction to the Biophysical Environment
  • Physics for Life Sciences II

Semester 3
  • Fundamentals of Environmental Geology
  • Geomorphology
  • The Earth From Space
  • Mapping and GIS
Semester 4
  • Climate and the Biophysical Environment
  • Environment and Resources
  • Statistics I
  • Introduction to Computing
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Calculus II
  • Elements of Calculus II

Semester 5
  • Fluvial Processes
  • Biogeography
  • Global Environmental Change
  • Gender and Environment
  • Indigenous-Settler Relationships in Environmental Governance
Semester 6
  • Remote Sensing of the Environment
  • GIS and Spatial Analysis
  • Environmental Hydrology

Semester 7
  • Environmental Systems Analysis
Semester 8
  • Catchment Processes
  • Applied Geomatics

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Gain Valuable Experience Through Co-op

Environmental Geomatics co-op is a five-year program, which includes four work terms. This co-op prepares students for their work terms by helping them develop professional attitudes and skills expected in the workplace as well as helping to build a toolkit of resume and cover letter writing as well as interview skills.

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