Carleton University Geomatics

The Carleton University BA in Geomatics exploring various applications in planning, environmental and resources management, hazard mapping, demographics, market analysis, and education. Practical experience will be gained in geomatics, cartography, remote sensing, and quantitative analysis.

New Pathway to a GIS Master’s Degree for Fleming College Graduates

Geomatics-Institute-at-FlemingFleming College graduates now have the option of completing a master’s degree at Vancouver Island University (VIU) – the first pathway of its kind for the college.

VIU and Fleming have signed an agreement that allows eligible graduates of Fleming’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) programs to enter the second year of VIU’s Master of GIS Applications program (MGISA).

“This agreement is ground-breaking for Fleming College. Vancouver Island University has acknowledged our 10-month program as equivalent to one year at the master’s degree level,” said Linda Skilton, Principal of Fleming’s Frost Campus and Dean of the School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences. “This pathway is extremely attractive to students as it reduces the time required to complete a graduate degree by one year. We believe this will pave the way for other universities to consider pursuing similar agreements with colleges.”

New Pathway to a GIS Master’s Degree for Fleming College Graduates

his agreement is ground-breaking for Fleming CollegeFleming’s GIS – Applications Specialist and GIS – Cartographic Specialist programs are 10-month graduate certificate programs within Fleming’s School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences.

Both programs offer in-class or online delivery options. GIS students who attend Fleming come from all over Ontario and across Canada and have typically completed a four-year honours degree before pursuing graduate studies at the college.

Fleming was the first college in Ontario to offer GIS training more than 20 years ago. Its leadership in the field has been recognized by industry, government and business through their support in establishing the Geomatics Institute at Fleming. These partnerships provide students access to the latest computer hardware, software, data resources and field technology used in the industry as well as unprecedented learning and employment opportunities.

“As the GIS industry grows its base and its software becomes more technical, so too does the requirements in academic research. Through applied learning, those graduating Fleming will have a deep understanding of the GIS data and toolset,” said Shawn Morgan, Coordinator of Fleming’s GIS programs. “The VIU-Fleming agreement gives students an opportunity to fast track into the research portion of their master’s with that unique combination of skills, learned from a unique combination of academic and industry professionals.”

Logo-Vancouver-Island-universityVIU’s Master of Geographic Information Systems Applications (MGISA) is a two-year program divided into two stages. Stage 1, which Fleming students would be able to bypass under this new agreement, focuses on technical skills, while Stage 2 is the self-directed research portion and advanced technical training.

Both stages are available in a fully online or blended format. MGISA graduates can apply for positions other GIS students are not qualified for, such as senior GIS Analyst and GIS Manager positions, as well as research positions at universities and in the industry. Their starting incomes are likely to be higher than students who do not hold a master’s degree.

“In many government career tracks in particular, a master’s degree is often a requirement to qualify for more senior positions, and the MGISA program is therefore attracting students who already have a GIS position but are seeking to move up in their careers,” said Dr. Paul Zandbergen, MGISA Program Coordinator and Professor in the GIS Program. “VIU is excited about the agreement with Fleming’s GIS program since it increases the pool of potential applicants and promotes the program to students in Eastern Canada, who may not have previously looked at VIU for their graduate education.”

Fleming expects 10-15 GIS graduates – out of a total of about 60 – to apply for the competitive MGISA program. Click here for more information on the GIS programs at Fleming College, and click here for more details on VIU’s MGISA program.

About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 5,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 71,000 alumni.

About Vancouver Island University
Known as a centre of excellence for teaching, applied research and learning, Vancouver Island University (VIU) offers programs that include graduate and undergraduate degrees, vocational programs and trades, as well as access programs. There are campuses in Nanaimo, Duncan and Powell River and a centre in Parksville-Qualicum. With roots that date back to 1936, today VIU is a dynamic, internationally known university supporting a student population of 18,000 learners, including 1,800 international students and approximately 2,000 Indigenous students.


GIS Training at Colleges and Universities

Our ever evolving Geomatics industry has lead to increased demands for specialized GIS training, and Canada has remained on top of the leading GIS education providers for many years. Here are some of the best Colleges and Universities that offer GIS related programs. This page was created on the site a number of years back to highlight some of the best Colleges and Universities in Canada that offer GIS related programs.

Acadia University – Master of Science in Applied Geomatics

Acadia University Master of Science in Applied Geomatics

Acadia University teamed up with COGS (Centre of Geographic Sciences) in 2005 to provide a unique joint Master of Science in Applied Geomatics program. The Masters program is a full 2 year program of collaborative technical coursework, research and data analysis, where graduate students spend 2 semesters at COGS (or AGRG – Applied Geomatics Research Group), 2 semesters at Acadia University (Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences) and then 2 semesters on their thesis research at either schools. This unique faculty offers students to complete their Thesis / Research Project under joint supervision with a combination of technical and academic emphasizes.

“The fundamental relevance of this program is that its graduates will be fully competent to tackle existing or predicted environmental problems, from solid theoretical and practical foundations, using a variety of skills, and an array of new technologies. Graduates of this program will become society and industry leaders in: mapping, planning, analysis, understanding and stewardship of the natural environment.”

 

The joint collaboration between the two education institutes allows students to further build upon their solid undergraduate foundation that they got from their University degree, adding skills in research, analysis, interpretation and presentations. This method is believed to provide students with an added edge to help them better compete in the Geomatics industry. COGS & AGRG help provide students with the latest Geomatics software and technology while Acadia provides students with scientific tools and accredited resources. For example AGRG is one of the few education institutes in North America that have their own LIDAR survey equipment allowing students to gain more experiences from their research that they may not obtain from other schools.

Contact

Dr. I. Spooner
(902) 585-1312 / ian.spooner@acadiau.ca for further information

See the Acadia Graduate program web page for more details.

[source: acadia.ca / COGS & Acadia Alumni]

 

University of Toronto – GIS for Environmental Management

 

University of Toronto GIS for Environmental Management

Programs: Certificate in GIS for Environmental Management ProgramUniversity of Toronto GIS for Environmental Management - School of the Environment, University of Toronto
Duration: 1 year (4 courses)
Location: (Anywhere in Canada – Online Program)

GIS has become a well known method for communicating spatial information and these days we tend to see more and more geomatics based applications pop up as GIS continues to spread out into more industries. A relative new term to geomatics would be ‘Environmental GIS’; one that is often used to describe using geo-spatial methods and tools to help develop and manage environmental strategies. The University of Toronto offers a Certificate in GIS for Environmental Management program that helps students build a solid foundation of GIS and Remote Sensing concepts and theory while developing skills related to environmental management.

The one year certificate programs is comprised of two required core GIS courses and two other geomatics related courses, all offered through distance education online over the internet.

“The School of the Environment at the University of Toronto specializes in innovative, completely on-line, distance education courses and certificate programs for working professionals. Our applied and professional programs are developed in collaboration with industry experts and taught by leading industry practitioners ensuring current and leading edge knowledge and skills. Courses are developed for mid-career professionals and entrepreneurs who need to enhance their expertise, internationally educated professionals augmenting credentials for the Canadian context and recent college and university graduates seeking to advance their careers, enabling all to excel. Make informed decisions: impact your profession. “

University of Toronto GIS for Environmental Management - University of Toronto - 3D GIS image

3D view in a case study from one of the courses of the Certificate in GIS for Environmental Management Program showing a 100 m raster buffer around streams.

Graduates of the Certificate in GIS for Environmental Management Program may also become eligible for the Environmental Professional in Training designation under the national certification program for Canadian environmental professionals. Certification is a highly discussed topic these days in many geomatics networks and can help establishes your professional credibility at a national level demonstrating to potential clients and employers that you have a unique combination of skills, practical knowledge, education and experience.

“Certification is crucial in the environmental sector where green-washing makes it difficult to separate the self-proclaimed experts from the real ones. It demonstrates an individual’s professionalism, commitment to the field, and desire to remain on top of current practices. It is also a measure of a professional’s competencies against verified standards, which set them apart from others in the industry.”

The program is designed for those that are new to GIS with no background knowledge of geomatics (although it never hurts to have some knowledge) so there are no prerequisites except a basic understanding of computers and Windows operating systems. In the first course students receive an introduction to digital mapping and spatial analysis techniques through GIS and then the other courses build upon that knowledge. Esri ArcGIS 10 software running on the Centre for Environment’s GIS server is provided to students so that they can access their course-work from virtually any computer with an internet connection and not need to worry about any troubles involved with installing GIS software on their own computer. The popular Esri ‘Virtual Campus’ online courses are also provided to students to use in the program.

All courses are self paced within a defined schedule led by an instructor that provides lectures and guides students through the material, assignments and training. Online courses offer flexibility and convenience for people who have started careers and families and do not have the luxury of being able to go back to school full time. This way they can study at their own pace and cut travel or relocation costs while adding geomatics skills and knowledge to their existing portfolio.

Contact Info

Donna Workman – d.workman@utoronto.ca (416)978-7077

Web Sitehttp://learn.environment.utoronto.ca/home/distance-education/programs/geographical-information-systems-(gis)-for-environmental-management.aspx or see the University of Toronto See the Course Web Site for more details.

[source: email & utoronto.ca]

 


Trent University Geography Degree with GIS

Trent University Geography Degree with GIS

Program:Trent University Geography Degree with GIS Geography Degree with GIS courses or specialty

The Geography department at Trent University has a strong emphasis on field based hands on learning with interdisciplinary study. Many of their courses are mixed with other departments and programs such as the Geographical Information Systems (GIS) program witch is associated with Geomatics at Fleming College.

Degrees with a specialization in GIS are offered either as a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science and combines human and physical geography. Various courses include urban geography, urban planning, spatial modeling, GIS and remote sensing.

Students in the Honors program explore the thesis and community-based research options witch provide valuable training for further post-graduate studies and work experience.

Program Information

Contact Info

geography@trentu.ca (705) 748-1011 ext. 7686

Visit the Trent University Geography department web site for more details on the program.


Advanced Diploma in GIS Applications – Vancouver Island University

Vancouver Island University (VIU) has developed as one of Canada’s centers for GIS education

Advanced Diploma in GIS Applications Vancouver Island UniversityVIU’s Advanced Diploma in GIS Applications (ADGISA)is offered both with either an In-Class or a fully Online version. In both options, students learn how to use GIS as spatial information and problem-solving tools in addressing real world problems. The eight month In-Class program is equally divided between learning hands-on concepts and mastering GIS as a tool in solving real world problems.

Advanced Diploma in GIS Applications Vancouver Island UniversityThe online program is similar to the In-Class program but spread out over sixteen months and tailored to those who are currently employed or can not relocate to Nanaimo, British Columbia.  Both options are delivered as a package and no individual courses are offered. ESRI’s ArcGIS is the main software package used in the delivery of these programs including a select number of course modules, available through ESRI’s Virtual Campus.

VIU has six experts in GIS and Remote Sensing, three of whom teach full-time in the ADGISA program. All of the ADGISA instructors are dedicated, full-time faculty members committed to ensuring our students’ success. A very high proportion of program graduates have successfully secured full-time jobs in GIS.

The VIU Master of GIS Applications (MGISA) program is a two-stage program offering both Blended (Face-to-Face/Online) and Fully Online options. The program is designed for both students who have little exposure to GIS and for students who have already completed a post-graduate GIS Diploma. For students with little experience, the program is 2 or 2½ years in length, depending on whether the Blended of Fully Online option is chosen. Those students who already hold a post-graduate GIS Diploma may be eligible for advanced entry into the final year of the program.GIS Applications Vancouver Island University

Contact Info:

  • Email: dave.cake@viu.ca
  • Phone: 1.888.920.2221
  • Address : Nanaimo, BC V9R 7B4, Canada

For more details refer to the GIS Applications Vancouver Island University site https://www2.viu.ca/adgisa/ or the Mater of GIS Applications program page http://www2.viu.ca/mgisa

Queen’s University GIS Certificate

Queen’s University GIS Certificate

The Certificate in Geographic Information Science at Queen’s University provides the fundamentals of GIS, remote sensing and cartography. The Program is made available to all Queen’s University undergraduate students regardless of degree concentration,  and is basically intended for those who wish to enhance an undergraduate degree by combining it with GIS (e.g. B.Sc in Biology with a GIS Certificate).

The Queen’s University GIS Certificate program is open to any student pursuing an undergraduate degree at Queen’s. Designed to enhance university studies, the Certificate is not a stand-alone option and is only awarded upon graduation with a Queen’s degree.

Queen's University GIS Certificate* Queen’s University currently does not offer any other GIS  programs by itself.

Contact Info

geography.info@queensu.ca (613) 533-6030

See the Course Web Site for more details.


McMaster University ESRI Development Centre

McMaster University ESRI Development Centre

McMaster University ESRI Development Centre

Location: Hamilton, Ontario
Program(s): Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Geography Degree with GIS Minor
Prerequisites: High School

Info:  The School of Geography and Earth Sciences at McMaster has established a long history of teaching and research ESRI products. In 2008 McMaster became the first University in Canada that was designated an ESRI Development Centre(EDC).

The Graduate Diplomas and the GIS Certificate Programs are no longer being offered by the School of Geography & Earth
Sciences at McMaster University but they still offer GIS as a minor to either of their Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Geography Degrees. The minor in Geographic Information Systems allows students to study a combination of GIS and spatial analysis courses that are coupled with their Earth Science Degrees providing them an added edge over similar programs that are not fortunate enough to have an ESRI Development Centre at their school.

The McMaster GIS program emphasizes the development of a strong working knowledge of current ESRI GIS software and builds real world expertise and skills using state of the art desktop GIS tools and analysis for a wide variety of multi disciplinary applications.

Contact Info

1280 Main Street West
School of Geography and Earth Sciences
General Science Building Room 205
Hamilton, Ontario
L8S 4K1
(905)525-9140 ext. 20118

See the GIS Course page  for more details.

 [sources: mcmaster.ca ]


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University of New Brunswick Geomatics Engineering

UNB Geomatics Engineering

University of New Brunswick – UNB Geomatics Engineering

Surveying has been taught at the University of New Brunswick (formerly King’s College) since 1840 when William Brydone Jack, Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy provided in surveying as part of his mathematics curriculum*. In 1859 when UNB was officially created, an undergraduate course in civil engineering and surveying was initiated. Since then, the meaning of “surveying engineering” has undergone a radical change and so has the geomatics programs at UNB .

UNB is one of two Canadian schools in Canada that offer degrees in Geomatics Engineering.

UNB Geomatics EngineeringAt the undergraduate level, UNB offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Engineering (B.Sc.E.(Geomatics Engineering)) program. Within this program, the Cadastral Surveying Option is available. This option is recognized by the Canadian Council of Land Surveyors. Four specified technical elective courses are required to have the notation, “Completed Cadastral Surveying Option,” placed on the UNB transcript.

At the graduate program level, UNB offers the Master of Engineering (M.Eng.), Master of Science in Engineering (M.Sc.E.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs. There are six major fields of specialization: namely, advanced engineering, mining surveying, and metrology; cadastral, land information, geographic information systems, and digital mapping; geodesy and precision navigation; hydrography and ocean mapping; mapping, charting, and geodesy; and photogrammetry and remote sensing.

Two certificates in hydrographic surveying and a number of diploma programs are also offered by the Department. These are:UNB Geomatics Engineering

  • Certificate of Academic Proficiency in Hydrographic Surveying
  • Certificate of Field Proficiency in Hydrographic Surveying
  • Diploma in Geomatics Engineering with specialization in any one of:
    • Cadastral studies
    • Engineering and exploration surveying
    • Geodetic surveying
    • Mapping and geographic information
    • Program Name: Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering

See the UNB undergraduate calendar for more information.

 

[*Source: unb.ca/gge/AllAboutGGE/History.html]