All courses for every first-year Science student will be delivered online this fall. A limited number of students in their second, third and fourth years will return to campus for part of the semester.

The School of Geography & Earth Sciences will be renamed the School of Earth, Environment & Society effective July 6th, 2020.

GIS Laboratories at McMaster

GIS computer lab

Our original GIS Laboratory was established in 1992, with a mission to support the undergraduate curriculum in geography. Increased awareness of GIS technology within and outside McMaster increased demand for the laboratory's teaching and research services, and a second laboratory was established in 2008. Both labs were upgraded in 2020, and is currently managed by a GIS Specialist. In 2009, SGES became an Esri Development Centre (EDC) based on their expertise in developing GIS tools and software. In 2014, SGES was nominated as an Esri Canada Centre of Excellence for GIS, focusing on new and innovative aspects of GIS technology, including Web, mobile, and 3D components of the Esri platform.

The current objectives of the lab are to:

  • Maintain highly competent personnel in the state-of-the-art in GIS technology.
  • Providing quality teaching within the undergraduate program of the School of Earth, Environment & Society.
  • Provide quality short courses to groups from the McMaster community as well as the public and private sector.
  • Undertake research projects from a variety of disciplines that are in need of GIS analysis.
  • Assist in the development of GIS-related curricula for secondary education in Hamilton and vicinity.

About the GIS Laboratory

GIS Laboratory Schedule (Coming Soon)

The GIS Labs are located in the Burke Science Building, Rooms 331 and 332. The labs were upgraded in 2020, making the facility one of the newest, and one of the best in Canada. We have the following hardware and software available:


Currently each lab consists of:

  • 52 Windows 10 clients
  • 2 Servers to support teaching and research  
  • 24 eTrex Legend GPS Units
  • 12 SXPad Mobile Mapping devices
  • 5 SXBLUE GNSS units with submeter accuracy
  • HP DesignJet plotter


  • GIS:
    • Full ArcGIS Suite of Software including: ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Pro, AppStudio for ArcGIS, WebApp Builder and ArcGIS Online, Survey 123 and more.
  • Statistical Analysis:
    • R, S+, GeoDA
  • Geophysical and Remote Sensing Software:
    • Oasis Montaj, EkkoProject, ENVI
  • Productivity Software:
    • Microsoft Office 2019
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