Earth & Atmospheric Science (EATS):

Geomatics Science

Geomatics Science

In Geomatics Science, students study the scientific framework of Geodesy, the determination of size, shape, physical surface and gravity field of the Earth, in three-dimensional, time-varying space. Geomatics combines global positioning systems, with imaging and image processing, mapping and surveying and instrumentation.

Our program is devoted to building students’ knowledge and skills in terrestrial, aerial and space observing platforms. Add depth to your degree with a certificate in Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing.

Research activities in the Department include mantle convection, core dynamics and Earth rotation, experimental and theoretical geophysical fluid dynamics, remote sensing, synthetic aperture radar, geodesy, geological applications of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and the development of new GIS techniques.

Important Note:

Please email your queries to
Sunil Bisnath, Undergraduate Program Director of Geomatics Science & Engineering.


In Geomatics Science (formerly Earth Science), you will study modern geophysics, Earth’s gravity field, satellite geodesy, reference systems, surveying and mapping. Our program provides you with the knowledge and skills to work with terrestrial, aerial and space-observing platforms, with emphasis on geospatial science and applications.

Undergraduate Degree: BSc. Geomatics Science

Certificate: Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing.

Courses You’ll Take:

  • global positioning systems, such as GPS and GLONASS,
  • satellite imaging and photogrammetry
  • remote sensing
  • computer mapping, digital terrain modelling, computer vision and image processing
  • geographic information systems (GIS)
  • survey engineering and land management
  • wireless and web-based dissemination of geospatial data.

Graduates from our Geomatics Science often pursue graduate research and can find employment in Canada’s civil engineering, surveying and construction sectors. Examples of Geomatics-related companies include:

  • Ontario Land Surveyors Association (OLSA)
  • Applanix Corporation
  • Krcmar Surveyors Limited
  • J.D. Barnes Ltd.
  • Aecon
Degree Breakdown
  • Foundational Courses in chemistry, programming, applied calculus, linear algebra and physics
  • applied courses in programming
  • applied courses in statistics, calculus and numerical prediction
  • applied courses in physics and a final year research course
  • choice of electives in specialized program courses such as remote sensing, global positioning systems, such as GPS and GLONASS, satellite imaging and photogrammetry, surveying, data acquisition and processing
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Why Geomatics Science?

More recently, the expertise in geophysical methods for exploration of minerals has been extended to the modern methods of environmental assessment, and to delineation of buried infrastructure in the urban environment. This recent development suggests that future urban and environment issues will benefit greatly by the combined technologies associated with geomatics and exploration geophysics.

An Environmental Test site with a known array of buried targets has been built at York University that is contributing significantly to the external recognition of the Department of Earth & Space Science & Engineering through its activities in Applied Geophysics and Geomatics Engineering.

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