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

Traffic Relief

Hold on, traffic relief is coming to Hamilton – in a year

The city expects to be able to control the lights at about 100 intersections from a central traffic centre a year from now.

That would make a big difference to legions of frustrated drivers caught in seas of brake lights all over the city's west end since a mudslide Friday wreaked havoc on the eastbound 403 and York Boulevard into Hamilton. More..More

FloodNetDavid Sweet: 'McMaster is at the forefront of so many innovations'

Coulibaly, a McMaster professor jointly appointed in the School of Geography & Earth Sciences and Department of Civil Engineering, will work with University of Guelph, Université Laval, University of Manitoba, Université de Moncton, University of New Brunswick, University of Saskatchewan, Trent University, University of Waterloo and University of Western to fill this gap by developing flood forecasting systems. More..More
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

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