Group of geography students

Geography is a broad, holistic discipline - both a natural and a social science because it examines people and their environment and serves as a bridge between physical and cultural processes. Human Geography (a social science, thus B.A. programs) is concerned especially with the political, economic, social, and cultural processes and resource practices that create spatial patterns and that define particular places. Physical Geography (B.Sc. programs) integrates disciplines such as climatology, geomorphology, geology, biology, hydrology, ecology, soil science and even marine science. Whether considering greenhouse gas emission, the spread of disease, or threats to biodiversity, in all cases, geographers are interested in where things happen, why, and with what consequences.

Our graduates go on to careers in environmental consulting, social agencies or non-governmental organizations. Skills in Geographic Information Science (GIS) are very marketable. Students are well prepared for graduate work in urban planning and environmental studies at leading schools.

Program options

Undergraduates may choose from B.Sc. Geography programs (Honours, Majors, Liberal, Minor, Minor in GIS), B.A. Geography programs (Joint Honours, Honours, Honours in Urban Systems, Major Concentration, Major Concentration in Urban Systems, Minor Concentration, Minor Concentration in Urban Systems, Minor Concentration in GIS), or B.A. & Sc. Geography programs (with options for physical geography, human geography, and GIS). Many courses bridge the traditional division between the physical and human aspects of the discipline.

At the graduate level, the Department offers Master's and Ph.D. programs. Professors' research interests are wide-ranging - stream flow and sediment in the habitat of Atlantic salmon, farmers' responses to changes in the Amazonian floodplain, and the geographical determinants of health are just three examples. Field work is an important part of our research and teaching, and is currently undertaken on all continents.

Department highlights

  • Many regular-semester courses, starting at the introductory level, include field trips or hands-on projects.
  • Field courses feature prominently in every program (either required or highly recommended).
  • Well-equipped laboratories in biogeochemistry, paleoecology, soils, hydrology, and geomorphology; regular field research involving undergraduate students.
  • State-of-the-art laboratory in GIS, linked with the Hitschfeld Library's maps and electronic databases.

More information

Webpages for undergraduate studies in Geography

Calendar entry for Geography - see online calendar