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Undergraduate Programs

Information for Incoming Students

The Department of Geography and Environmental Studies offers five different degrees in Physical and Human Geography, a BSc degree in Environmental Science and a BSc degree in Water Science and Environmental Health, as well as a BA degree in Environmental Studies. Regardless of the individual degree pursued, all of our degree programs prepare students to establish themselves in a variety of stimulating careers ranging from environmental consulting to teaching, from planning to intelligence work, and from public administration to development work overseas. The BSc in Geography prepares students to seek registration as professional geoscientists, which will allow them to work as environmental geoscientists in Ontario. Because of their considerable breadth of theoretical and applied knowledge, geographers are frequently part of multidisciplinary teams working in the natural sciences, business and industry, and public service; geographers are "generalists" in the best sense of the word!

To deepen their professional preparation, our students also focus on one or several fields of expertise:

  • Physical Geography;
  • Human Geography;
  • GIS and Geomatics;
  • Health Geography;
  • Tourism; and
  • Environmental and Resource Management.

Students looking for a further specialization are able to advance their studies with our internationally respected faculty. For example, the department plays a leadership role in the Cold Regions Research Centre, an internationally recognized centre for arctic and mountain research. Geography also has strong links to the International Migration Research Centre where researchers debate and analyze policy related to international migration and mobility. Other research opportunities can be accessed through our various research centres and institutes

Similarly, in the field of Human Geography, students can pursue four different specializations, each with their dedicated set of courses from first to fourth year:

  • Urban and Economic Spaces;
  • Landscapes and Identity;
  • Tourism and Travel Behaviour; and
  • Regional Geographies of Canada.

For students of all specializations, the department offers a variety of field courses, as well as the opportunity for co-op studies.