University of Ottawa/Université d'Ottawa

Physical Geography and Geomatics

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Program Information

School:University of Ottawa/Université d'Ottawa
Faculty:Faculty of Arts
Field of Study:Cartography
Description:Physical Geography is the scientific study of processes and patterns at the Earth's surface. It uses field and laboratory measurements and spatial data to evaluate our world's changing climates, water, land, plants and animals. Physical geographers are trained to synthesize environmental knowledge and apply it to real-world problems such as coastal erosion or loss of habitat. Solving these problems also requires the collection, management and computer analysis of the vast amounts of spatial data now available, which is the domain of Geomatics.

Students in the Major in Physical Geography and Geomatics at the University of Ottawa learn to use the full range of geospatial technologies (drones/UAVs, global positioning systems, geographic information systems, satellite imaging, spatial analysis) to study environments ranging from the mountains of the Yukon to the coral reefs of Zanzibar. Graduates from the program will have the scientific knowledge and the technical skills to become leaders in these growing fields.
URL:Physical Geography and Geomatics at University of Ottawa/Université d'Ottawa
Course Based:Yes
Length:4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
International: $36,161
Careers:Land SurveyorsGeographers

Admission Requirements

Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*73 to 76
Prerequisites:*These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
  •  Grade12 English  or  Grade12 Français 
  •  Grade12 Advanced Functions 
  •  Grade12 Calculus and Vectors 
  •  Grade12 Biology 
  •  Grade12 Chemistry 
  •  Grade12 Physics 
A minimum combined average of 70% is required for all prerequisite courses in science and mathematics. Students who do not have Calculus and Vectors 4U or one of the science prerequisites (biology, chemistry or physics) can take the replacement course at the University either the summer before or during their first term.
Test Scores:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 86] or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 70] or Cambridge English for Speakers of Other Languages: Certificate in Advanced English [min. C1] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or CanTEST [min. 4.5]

* The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on August 23, 2021