The field of Geography provides integrating links among the humanities, social sciences, biological and physical sciences. Geographers are employed in many different fields.
We have developed a Sustainability Learning Pathway for students in all our undergraduate specializations. We share the view of the University Sustainability Initiative at UBC that every student should have the opportunity to develop the competencies and capacities that enable them to contribute to the co-creation of a sustainable future. A Sustainability Learning Pathway is a collection of sustainability-oriented courses and experiences that students pursue alongside their disciplinary major.
Are you fascinated in studying the natural and social processes that form our environments and interpret the changing interrelationships between environment and society? Our Major in Environment and Sustainability provides students with the opportunity to study: the dynamics of the natural environment, geohazards and natural resources; the role of society in reshaping the Earth habitat; and the broad question of society’s relationship to nature, along with such concerns as the management of scarce resources and many environmental crises.
There is a natural science tradition in Geography. Our Bachelor of Sciences program in Geographical Sciences focuses on the fundamental interactions between life (including human societies) and the Earth’s atmosphere, hydrosphere, and geosphere. Physical Geographers provide an understanding of aspects of the Earth’s surface and near surface environments through an integrated view of environmental science and biogeochemical cycles. Geographical Sciences includes the sub-fields of climatology, biogeography, hydrology and geomorphology. Technical skills relevant to Geographic Sciences are also taught in this program, including Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Cartography, Statistics, and Remote Sensing.
Geographers are also humanists and social scientists who study the changing regional patterns of human behaviour in order to understand the cultural, economic, social and political forces that shape the landscape. Our Bachelor of Arts program includes a Major in Geography (Human Geography) for those interested in these areas of study.