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Geology Major - considering a Geomatics & Spatial Analysis major

  1. Jun 20, 2013 #1
    I have recently switched into an Honours B.Sc. in Geology. I would like to get a second opinion on the potential applicability of studying Geomatics & Spatial Analysis in conjunction with the Geology specialization.

    I was previously enrolled in a chemistry degree so a great deal of my courses transfer to my new geology specialization. I have every required first year course except for "Introduction to Earth Materials". This has created a bottleneck in my course progression, figuratively speaking. I have room to fit another major into my degree. My tentative plan is to get a joint honours degree with a specialization in Geology and a major in Geomatics & Spatial Analysis.

    Geology Specialization:
    http://www.science.uottawa.ca/students-etudiants/ugrad/sequences/bsc-honours-spec-geology-120cr.html [Broken]
    Geomatics & Spatial Analysis Major:

    I've heard that GIS are applied in a variety of industries involving geology and that many geologists are expected to know how to use the software. Would learning about GIS be worthwhile for a geologist? Would a Geomatics major make me seem unfocused? Should I just go for a minor in the subject instead?

    I would greatly appreciate advice regarding this prospect.
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  3. Jun 20, 2013 #2
    I'm certainly in no position to give advice on this matter but I have heard that GIS is typically not prerequisite knowledge for companies hiring in the area. Apparently they will teach you everything you need to know on the job... But I'm sure it couldn't hurt to be comfortable.
  4. Jun 20, 2013 #3
    Thanks for your input.

    I have also been considering a minor in statistics, or a minor in physics. Would one of those disciplines be more appropriate?
  5. Jun 20, 2013 #4


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    Without knowing your career goals, I don't believe anyone here can tell you if one minor would be better than another.
  6. Jun 20, 2013 #5
    I am focusing my geology electives on hydrology. I am interested in water resource management and environmental toxicology. Unfortunately I don't have an exact career in mind. It is true that my choice of minor is subjective based upon my desired career path.

    My main questions here are: How useful are GIS to geological industries?
    Is learning about GIS software advantageous for acquiring employment as a geologist?
  7. Jun 20, 2013 #6


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    Hey Transient and welcome to the forums.

    If you are getting into Geology and Spatial Analysis, I definitely recommend you picking up statistics and possibly some kind of longitudinal or specialist geology statistics courses along the way.
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