At York University, the collaboration between the Lassonde School of Engineering and the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change (EUC) represents a strategic approach to education and research in GIS and engineering. This partnership focuses on integrating diverse perspectives and expertise, aligning technical innovation with environmental and urban awareness. The joint efforts of these faculties serve the common goal of providing comprehensive and interdisciplinary education, equipping students with the necessary skills and knowledge to address contemporary global challenges effectively.

The YorkU Esri Canada Centre of Excellence helps students to develop valuable entrepreneurial skills and create new products and services for spatial data management and analysis.

Lassonde School of Engineering

Located in the heart of the multicultural Greater Toronto Area, the Lassonde School of Engineering at York University is home to engineers, scientists and entrepreneurs, representing a diverse community of students, faculty, staff, alumni and partners.

With 12 undergraduate programs, seven graduate programs and a host of certificates and accessible study options, Lassonde is shaping the next generation of creators who will tackle the world’s biggest challenges and devise creative solutions through interdisciplinary learning opportunities. Lassonde’s creators think in big systems rather than small silos, design with people in mind and embrace ambiguity.

The Department of Earth & Space Science & Engineering at Lassonde works to prepare exceptional science and engineering professionals and leaders in the exploration and understanding of the Earth and planetary systems, for the prosperity of a sustainable society. The Department offers several unique world-class graduate and undergraduate programs. Teaching and research are conducted in the areas of GIS and Spatial Analysis, Data Integration, Mobile-GIS and Location-Based Services and Geospatial Information, Communication Technologies and more.

Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change (EUC)

Formed in 2020, EUC evolved from the fusion of the Department of Geography and the Faculty of Environmental Studies. It stands as a response to global environmental and urban challenges, combining elements of the biophysical sciences, social sciences, and the arts in its curriculum. EUC’s focus on experiential learning, critical thinking, research, and leadership equips students for meaningful careers and active citizenship. The breadth and cross-cutting nature emphasizes the varied niches where GIS gets used, including global geography; sustainable environmental management; environmental science; cities, regions, and planning; and environmental arts and justice.

The faculty’s commitment is evident in its geomatics courses, which contribute to GIS and Remote Sensing Certificates and degrees in geography and environmental science. These programs underscore EUC’s role in advancing geomatics education, particularly in critical research areas like forest disturbance and spatial pattern analysis.

EUC’s courses contribute toward GISP certification (e.g.,,

Together, the Lassonde School of Engineering and EUC at York University create an educational environment that bridges engineering expertise with a deep understanding of environmental and urban issues, preparing students to make significant contributions in their chosen fields.

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