McMaster University

McMaster University

School of Geography & Earth Sciences

"Achieving international distinction for creativity, innovation and excellence in geographical, geological and environmental education, research and outreach."

The School of Geography & Earth Sciences will provide an environment for the education and training of highly qualified personnel committed to excellence.

The School of Geography & Earth Sciences at McMaster is an internationally recognized centre for research and training. Its strengths lie in the discovery, application, and transfer of knowledge to issues and problems in the earth, environmental, and geographical sciences.

Two particular strengths in the School are the development of interdisciplinary research programs that integrate the earth and environmental sciences with human geography and the use of spatial analysis to investigate the geographical relationships between the environment and society.

The School emphasizes the use of leading-edge theoretical and methodological developments in its research. Have a look at what some of our students are doing now.

The School of Geography and Earth Sciences is committed to increasing the opportunities for experiential (‘hands-on’) learning by undergraduate students. Many of our undergraduate courses involve fieldwork in the local area and we have several courses that undertake field research in off-campus locations.


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ESRI selects McMaster as GIS Centre of Excellence

ESRI Canada has selected McMaster University’s School of Geography and Earth Sciences (SGES) as a Centre of Excellence in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). SGES has a long history of teaching and research using the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) suite of products.

McMaster was one of the first universities in Canada to sign an annual license agreement with the Institute, was the first Canadian university to collaborate with a college to offer a certificate in GIS, and was the first Canadian university to earn the designation of ESRIsri More..More

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Waste not, want not: Students examine how we use and abuse fresh water

For those who like to begin their day with a piping-hot shower, adding a few extra minutes can seem like a harmless indulgence.

Unfortunately, the cost of relaxation is high. According to new research from a team of McMaster students, the average household in Hamilton spends roughly $1,200 per year on costs related to regular 10-minute showers. More..More

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A high-tech piece of machinery in Hamilton may help researchers understand why a young girl fell to her death in a Mexican cave some 13,000 years ago.

The x-ray fluorescence machine, recently installed in Ed Reinhardt’s lab, analyzes more core samples at a much faster rate – and a much higher resolution – than was previously possible. More...More

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