Geography (GEO)

GEO-1152  Geomatics Engineering Science  (3 Credits)  

A study of the physical Earth as it relates to the recognition of landforms, hydrology, soils and human features on the Earth's surface. An introduction to the use of remote sensing in the identification of these features and the Unified System of soil identification classification. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (3.0), Lab (2.0)

Requisite courses: Take GEO-1181 (Required, Concurrent). Take GEO-1152L (Required, Concurrent).

GEO-1165  Geographic Information Systems  (3 Credits)  

An introduction to geographic information systems (GIS) and its applications in the resource management sector. A skills based approach for acquiring, organizing, manipulating and analyzing spatial information using modern technology. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (2.0), Lab (2.0)

Equivalent to GEO-165, RRM-276.

Requisite courses: Take RRM-1197 (Required, Previous). Take GEO-1165L (Required, Concurrent).

GEO-1166  Physical Geology  (3 Credits)  

An introduction to the study of physical geology through the exploration of the dynamic forces that shape the Earth. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (3.0), Lab (2.0)

Equivalent to GEO-166, RRM-266.

Requisite courses: Take GEO-1166L (Required, Concurrent).

GEO-1181  Geospatial Analysis I  (3 Credits)  

A study of the fundamentals of topographic maps, thematic maps and remotely sensed images for the purposes of identifying, interpreting, and measuring earth features. Map projection methods, map reference grids, interpretation of topographic features, map symbology, and photogrammetric principles are discussed and applied. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (2.0), Lab (2.0)

Requisite courses: Take CAD-1160 (Required, Previous). Take GEO-1152 (Required, Concurrent). Take GEO-1181L (Required, Concurrent).

GEO-1185  Geodetic Fundamentals  (3 Credits)  

An introduction to fundamental concepts of geodesy. A study of the concepts and methods concerned with the determination of the size and shape of the Earth. Topics of discussion include horizontal and vertical datum, gravity, centrifugal forces, different measurements of time, separation of the geoid and ellipsoid, deflection of the vertical, and different height systems. Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) will be introduced. Geodetic topics will be applied to GNSS and other geomatics applications. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (6)

Equivalent to GEO-1182, GEO-182, GEO-180, GEO-270.

Requisite courses: Take SUR-1150 (Required, Previous).

GEO-2252  Geographic Information Systems I  (6 Credits)  

An introduction to the creation of maps (cartography) using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology. Topics explored include the properties of maps, theories of map projection distortion, historical development of mapping, database manipulation, digital file maintenance and common GIS applications. Students will use a geographic information system to solve problems and to create, modify and publish map data and graphics. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (8)

Requisite courses: Take GEO-1152 (Required, Previous). Take GEO-1181 (Required, Previous).

GEO-2280  Geographic Information Systems II  (3 Credits)  

An advanced application of current software and techniques in the GIS field. Students will study the theoretical aspects of various GIS applications and then apply the theory in the form of applied GIS projects. GIS applications include site suitability, interpolation methods and modeling, cost path analysis, 3-D analysis, point density and geostatistical analysis. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (5)

Equivalent to GEO-280.

Requisite courses: Take GEO-2252 (Required, Previous).

GEO-2290  Geospatial Analysis II  (3 Credits)  

A study of the digital image analysis of aerial and satellite data for earth observation and studies of environmental change at a variety of spatial scales. Topics will include locating and downloading imagery, processing and enhancing imagery, integration with GIS data, supervised and unsupervised classification methods, and change detection measurement. Practical exercises will focus on the use of industry standard digital image analysis software and applications. Not eligible for Prior Learning Assessment.

Instruction (5)

Equivalent to GEO-290.

Requisite courses: Take GEO-2252 (Required, Previous).

GEO-2298  Work Experience  (1.5 Credits)  

An 80-hour optional field work experience placement providing an opportunity for involvement in engineering disciplines related to Geomatics Engineering Technology. An application of program skills and knowledge through exposure to field-specific activities performed by engineering technologists on a day-to-day basis. Individuals are required to participate as part of an engineering team to complete work assignments as specified by the engineering supervisor or their appointee. Not available for supplemental. Not eligible for Prior Learning Assessment.

Work Integrated Learning (1.5)

Equivalent to GEO-2298W.

GEO-3376  Advanced Geographic Information Systems  (3 Credits)  

An examination of data quality assessment, GIS development and implementation, advanced analysis techniques, environmental modeling and specialized environmental applications. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (3.0), Lab (2.0)

Equivalent to GEO-2276, GEO-276.

Requisite courses: Take GEO-1165 (Required, Previous). Take GEO-3376L (Required, Concurrent).

GEO-3380  Hydrology  (3 Credits)  

A skills-based approach on the use of industry-standard concepts, analytical techniques and software to solve hydrological aspects of water resource projects related to surface water supply, drainage and flood control, creation of wetland habitat, protection of water bodies, and the hydraulic aspects of stream habitat enhancement and rehabilitation. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (3.0), Lab (2.0)

Requisite courses: Take GEO-3380L (Required, Concurrent).

GEO-3382  Contaminant Hydrogeology  (3 Credits)  

Measurement, monitoring and three-dimensional modelling of contaminant movement in saturated and unsaturated groundwater zones. Specialized software applied to hydrogeological and geochemical data will be used. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (3.0), Lab (2.0)

Requisite courses: Take GEO-3382L (Required, Concurrent).

GEO-3383  Geomorphology  (3 Credits)  

This introductory geomorphology course offers an integrative, applications-centered approach to the study of the Earth's dynamic surface. Upon completion of this course, students will obtain a basic understanding of Earth surface processes and the evolution of topography over short and long timescales. Examples of practical applications will be taught throughout this course, showing how scientists are using geomorphological research to tackle critical societal issues (natural disaster response, safer infrastructure, protecting species, and more). Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (3.0), Lab (2.0)

Requisite courses: Take GEO-3383L (Required, Concurrent).

GEO-4464  Applied Limnology  (3 Credits)  

This course integrates aspects of chemistry, physics, hydrology, and ecology to create a broad perspective on lakes, rivers and other inland freshwater ecosystems. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (3.0), Lab (2.0)

Requisite courses: Take GEO-4464L (Required, Concurrent).