Situated on unceded Algonquin territory beside the historic Rideau Canal, an official UNESCO World Heritage Site, Carleton University was founded by the community in 1942 to meet the needs of veterans returning from the Second World War. Today, Carleton is one of Canada’s top ranked comprehensive universities, with an enrollment of more than 30,000 students.
The Geomatics program at Carleton is housed within the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies. At the undergraduate level, we offer both BA and BSc majors in Geomatics as well as a minor degree option that appeals to students from a wide variety of departments across campus. Our faculty members have extensive expertise in Geomatics research and applications that encompass both human and physical dimensions of the environment and society. We use commercial and open-source software tools, emphasizing an understanding of how software works “under the hood” so that students are prepared for a wide range of workplace scenarios. Our faculty members also direct graduate level (MSc and PhD) research groups in Geomatics and make use of state-of-the art geospatial analysis tools and techniques for a wide range of applications.
Ottawa is rich in resources and opportunities for Geomatics students, including the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing, Statistics Canada, the National Wildlife Research Centre and many other federal government departments, as well as numerous private geospatial industry companies. In their 4th year of study, all Geomatics majors in our program participate in a for-credit, 70-hour practicum placement within a sponsoring workplace. We also offer a co-operative education program option for Geomatics majors.