Undergraduate

Are you fascinated in studying the natural and social processes that form our environments and interpret the changing interrelationships between environment and society? The suite of undergraduate programs we offer at the Department of Geography ranges from biogeosciences, the role of the natural environment in limiting and creating opportunities for people, to the role of society in reshaping the Earth habitat. The study of the natural environment itself, and the broad question of society’s relationship to nature, along with such concerns as the management of scarce resources and many environmental crises, have long been of interest to geographers.

There is a natural science tradition in Geography. Our Bachelor of Sciences program in Geographical Biogeosciences focuses on the fundamental interactions between life (including human societies) and the Earth’s atmosphere, hydrosphere, and geosphere. Biogeoscientists (also known as 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. The sub-fields of climatology, biogeography, hydrology and geomorphology are included under this tradition.  Technical skills relevant to Physical Geography 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), and a Major in Geography (Environment and Sustainability).

The field of Geography provides integrating links among the humanities, social sciences, biological and physical sciences. Students who are interested in people and the world around them should find satisfaction in geography courses. Geographers are employed in many different fields.