Geomatics Program


Geomatics is the science of map technology (GPS, satellite imagery, GIS, and Google Maps). Due to the popularity of mapping, Geomatics jobs are on the rise. Students in Geomatics gain technical skills and harness the power of maps to improve our world.

At UVic, choose from one of two Geomatics options. See our Program Planning page for more information.

Geomatics Degree: Combine geography and computer science to become a highly employable geomatics developer. The joint geography/computer science degree will appeal to technical students interested in customizing geographic technology. Recent graduates from Geomatics are working for software companies, consulting firms, and become researchers.

Minor in Geographic Information Technology: Almost any UVic undergraduate degree can now be combined with skills in Geographic Information Technology. Learn how to apply GIS, satellite imagery, and maps to questions of interest for you. The minor is ideal for students majoring in anthropology, biology, earth and ocean sciences, economics, or history.

Both Geomatics programs can be optionally combined with Co-op and are coordinated through the Faculty of Social Sciences Co-op office. Students enrolled in the Geomatics Degree (joint with Computer Science) have the option of working the Faculty of Engineering Co-op office as well. 

For more information, contact Helen Kobrc at

Geomatics is one of the world's fastest growing technology sectors. GIS and GPS technologies, as well as web-based services, are increasingly used in industry and in our everyday lives. By 2015 the geomatics industry is projected to be worth upwards of $10.6 billion. Employment opportunities for students with Geomatics skills are diverse. Graduates work in government agencies, forestry, agriculture, mining, surveying, resource and environmental management, oceanography, hydrography, urban planning, business planning, transportation, defense, medical epidemiology, and in software and application development, to name but a few. 

Physical Geography 
Students with an interest in the environment and physical geography will find a wide range of Geomatics related co-op jobs. Opportunities are available in natural resource fields (for example, geology, forestry, fisheries) including forest fire prevention, resource exploration, earthquake monitoring, and fisheries quota selection. Students will also find jobs in environmental monitoring, for example, performing environmental impact assessments and pollution control, and in ecological research modelling wildlife telemetry data, climate change, and habitat. 

Urban Geography 
Geomatics co-op opportunities for students with an interest in urban geography are diverse. Spatial data management and analysis is a growing field at all levels of government, emergency services, health, and in the business sector. Geomatics skills are required to detect and predict trends in crime, monitor disease spread and health demographics, plan land use development and transportation networks, and assess customer demographics and site selection for businesses.    

Remote Sensing & Surveying 
Students with an interest in the highly technical fields of remote sensing and surveying will find jobs in both environmental and urban sectors. Analysis of remotely sensed data from satellites (e.g., Landsat, MODIS, and QuickBird), aerial platforms (e.g., LIDAR), and historic aerial photography is currently applied to a wide variety of areas, including monitoring and mapping habitat change, ocean conditions, and urban environments. Surveying jobs are available with municipalities, government, and industry (forestry, mining, transportation).

Computer Science and Software Development
Spatial data management and software development are amongst the fastest growing areas in Geomatics. Students with specific interests in data management and software development may work as application developers, geospatial software engineers, and in data services, quality assurance, and technical support for government and the corporate sector.