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.


SGES in the News

HamiltonJames Street North's LRT surprise: What will it mean for street's revival?

One of the city's most-heralded grassroots street transformations is about to undergo another massive overhaul. But McMaster PhD student Chris Higgins – who lives in the James North area – says ideally, he'd like to see a streetcar-like approach on James North similar to what's used on King Street in Toronto. More..More


Housing boom can help bring affluence to the inner city

A new study of the history of Hamilton neighbourhoods says the city has become one of Canada's most segregated cities by income.

But the study, led by McMaster geographer Richard Harris suggests Hamilton's housing boom and the new desirabilty of older neighbourhoods can help change that.

Ironically, it is the sustained decline and poverty of those central and lower city neighbourhoods over several decades that has turned them into housing bargains — in urban settings that are now seen as attractive to more affluent buyers. More..More

2OC3 Canada

Geography 2OC3 Online Course Offered this Summer

Geography 2OC3 is a fully online course taught by Dr. Walter Peace, brought to McMaster via Ontario's Online initiative. It will run over the spring-summer semester from May to July. Now you can finally learn about the regional geography of Canada, wherever you happen to be!

“The purpose of Geography 2OC3 is to provide an understanding of Canada by studying its geographical diversity in terms of the physical environment, society, economy and culture.  By the end of the course you will have a greater appreciation of Canada's regions, physical resource base, economic history and current issues. These themes are crucial to understanding Canada’s ‘essence’ and its mosaic of regional landscapes." View the Introduction Video

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