The Department of Geography at the University of Victoria is home to a wide variety of GIS teaching and research programs.

Undergraduate students have three great degree options that emphasize GIS.

  • Geomatics Concentration: Geography undergraduate majors have an opportunity to concentrate their courses in topics related to GIS, Remote Sensing, Surveying, Cartography, and Spatial Analysis. A geography degree concentrated in skills development helps students be job ready at graduation.
  • Geomatics Degree (Joint with Computer Science): Combine geographic techniques with skills from computer science to become a geomatics developer. The joint geography/computer science degree appeals to technical students interested in applications. Through the Geomatics degree students become customizers of geographic technology with powerful skills in computer programming, software development, spatial data management and analysis using GIS.
  • Minor in Geographic Information Technology: Any UVic undergraduate degree can be combined with a Minor in Geographic Information Technology. The minor includes courses in GIS and is ideal for students looking to add marketable skills in GIS to applied knowledge from a discipline, such as anthropology, biology, earth and ocean sciences, economics, or history.

The University of Victoria’s Department of Geography is home to cutting edge GIS research labs.

  • Coastal and Oceans Resources Analysis Laboratory (CORAL), led by Dr. Rosaline Canessa, emphasises focus on marine protected areas and integrated coastal management, including developing approaches and techniques for sound management and assessing the effectiveness of MPAs and coastal plans in meeting established objectives. Our interests also extend to assessing and monitoring impacts of activities including mariculture, tourism, offshore hydrocarbon exploration, and alternative ocean energy sources. We also study how geographic information is presented to and used by scientists, planners, policy makers, and the public to make better decisions, and how the broader community is involved in such decisions.
  • Spatial Collaboration and Visualization Lab is jointly led by Drs. Rosaline Canessa and Peter Keller. Lab facilitates are used to research the development, implementation, and evaluation of spatial technologies to support coastal planning in group settings. The facility includes a large, curved screen for immersive visualization and interactive touch tables for small group spatial collaboration.
  • Spatial Pattern Analysis and Research (SPAR) Lab, led by Dr. Trisalyn Nelson, houses a research group interested in spatial and spatial-temporal analysis developing and applying spatial and spatial-temporal analysis methods to a variety of problems in natural and human environments. Current research emphasizes wildlife and grizzly bear movement, cycling safety research, and species distribution modelling.
  • The Spatial Sciences Research Lab (SSRL), led by Dr. Keller, has been a vital contributor of geographical research at the University of Victoria since 1985. We are a project-based research group, working collaboratively across departments and Universities. We are also home to graduate students who work on individual research interests revolving around GIS-based spatial decision support systems and education for a broad range of applications, from tourism to population health.

ECCE Contacts at UVic:

Christopher Bone
Yvonne Coady
Ian O’Connell