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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Hamilton House

Hamilton housing market hot

Hamilton’s house prices are up more than 7 per cent over the past year, and bidding wars abound, even in the central core. Hamilton housing prices are on average 40 percent cheaper than in the GTA. But Richard Harris from McMaster University says don’t be surprised if homes around the core are priced higher than you expected. Richard Harris, Geography Professor, McMaster University: “The area in and around the downtown, the residential properties in and around the downtown have seen believe it or not the highest rate of increase in prices of any neighbourhood or area in Hamilton.” More..More

Susan CunninghamLeading alumna to speak about being a woman in the oil patch.

Business executive and philanthropist Susan Cunningham will kick off a new lecture series Nov. 6 with her talk “Leadership and the Oil Patch: How I Got There and What is Needed.”

In 2010 Cunningham made a $1-million gift to McMaster to establish the Susan Cunningham Research Chair in Geology. Janok Bhattacharya, who received his PhD from McMaster in 1989, is the current chair holder. More..More

Chris HigginsChris Higgins Sets the Record Straight on Cable 14's Trending

Chris Higgins Sets the Record Straight on Cable 14's Trending, the inaugural episode of Cable 14's new current affairs program. The topic for this episode was Hamilton's rapid transit debate: light rail transit (LRT), bus rapid transit (BRT) and the ongoing confusion over technologies, routes, funding and viability. The program featured Chris Higgins, McMaster PhD student in geography and the lead author of a few reports on LRT in Hamilton More..More
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