Initial Publication Date: April 13, 2015

Who are we?

Go back to the beginning of this presentation, by Carolyn Eyles and Susan Vajoczki of McMaster University, about integrating interdisciplinary programs into an existing department.

McMaster University

  • Research intensive, student-centered
  • >18,000 full-time students
  • Canadian Research University of the Year (2004)

School of Geography and Geology (SGG)

  • Formed in 1997 through amalgamation of former Departments of Geography & Geology
  • Merger 'encouraged' by senior administration due to declining undergraduate enrolments in Geology
  • Faculty retirements (20 out of a combined faculty of 30)
  • Administered by Faculty of Science
  • Also a member of the Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Offers B.Sc., B.A., M.Sc., M.A., Ph.D programs
  • 30 teaching faculty (16 Science, 14 Social Sciences)
  • 50 + graduate students
  • Graduates >35 B.Sc. & >80 B.A. students annually
  • In 2000, 7 former B.Sc programs in Geography, Geology and Environmental Science replaced with single program:
  • B.Sc. Hons. Earth & Environmental Sciences (EES)