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Certificate in Geomatics: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing - old

Geomatics encompass the logic, art, science and technology involved in collecting, managing, and communicating geographically-referenced information in its many forms. It is concerned with the accurate measurement, representation, storage, query, retrieval, analysis, mapping, and presentation of geographic data and information.

The Geomatics Certificate combines the study and immersion within the major developments experienced in geographical information science, geographic information systems, remote sensing, photogrammetry, and global positioning systems by linking theories and science to experiences that intersect hardware, software, equipment, algorithms, and techniques.

The certificate provides students with hands-on training in:
  • Spatial analysis applications
  • Topographical surveying
  • Geospatial database development
  • Cartographic communication
  • Project planning and management

Key learning outcomes for all students:

  • Think spatially and to develop logical workflows for problem solving
  • Experience applying a range of spatial analysis techniques
  • Proficiency with quantitative methods
  • Hone abilities at the presentation of spatial data in cartographic and other forms
  • Proficiency with GIS and remote sensing computing environments

In the Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change, our approach is to focus on the development and application of geomatics in environmental, physical, and social sciences. We provide broad exposure to human and physical applications and emphasize connections where they intersect.

Program Details

1 to 2 years

Full time or Part time

Fall entry only



Curriculum Highlights

Sample course list

  • The World Today: Introduction to World Geography
  • Weather and Climate
  • The Dynamic Earth
  • Introductory Statistical Analysis in Geography
  • Introduction to Geomatics
  • Fundamentals in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Remote Sensing for Earth Observation
  • Spatial Analysis and Problem Solving with GIS
  • Processing and Analysis of Earth Observation Data

Hands-on Learning & Field study

Students are exposed to opportunities in labs and classes to experience all methods, tools, and techniques taught, including field-based data collection for analysis, designing and implementing individual research projects and the development of digital media skills (e.g., web, video) for content delivery and teaching.

Career Possibilities

Today, virtually every sector relies either directly or indirectly on geomatics. Governments, utilities, sales and marketing, business, natural resources, telecommunications, logistics, military, financial, agriculture and food, conservation, and transportation, are some examples where the mapping, handling, and analysis of spatial data are critically important; these sectors continually hire geomatics professionals. You will develop hands-on, technical skills in spatial analysis applications, topographic surveying, and geospatial database management using industry standard software while also enhancing your transferrable skills in project management, communication, and data analysis. Our recent graduates have found success in the public and private sectors in government, business, transportation, education, and consulting.

Some sample careers include:

  • Geomatics Technician
  • GIS Analyst
  • Cartographer
  • Research Scientist
  • Data Analyst
  • Geotechnical Project Coordinator
  • GIS Web Developer

To help you succeed, our Experiential Education Coordinator provides a variety of career support services to our students including resume help, interview prep, and career planning workshops, and maintains an exclusive job board just for our students.

Additional Details

Admission Requirements

Direct Entry Students: The certificate is open to students who previously completed an undergraduate degree in a related field from an accredited institution. Students are admissible with a cumulative grade point average of 5.00/9.00 (C+). Individuals without an undergraduate degree but who have previous relevant work experience may also apply to the certificate.

Concurrent students: The Certificate in Geomatics: Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing (GEOM) may be completed concurrently with either a Bachelor’s or Honours degree program at York University. Students must register in the certificate program after completing 24 credits at York University with cumulative GPA of 5.00/9.00 (C+). Certificates will not be conferred until candidates have successfully completed their undergraduate degree program.

How to Apply

Direct Entry Students: If you are a new applicant to York, you must ensure first that you meet the minimum requirements for admission to the University and meet any additional requirements. You may then apply through the Office of Admission

Concurrent Students: If you are a current York student, contact your Academic Adviser to find out about admission requirements and the application process.