Geography and Environmental Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University is a strong, dynamic and innovative Department that prides itself as a consistent provider of high quality scholarly activity, programs and courses.
At the undergraduate level we offer nine programs that cover a broad spectrum of Geography. We offer BA and BSc degrees at both the Honours and General levels as well as combined programs. Our newest undergraduate program is the Geography and Geomatics degree.
At the graduate level, we offer MA, MES, MSc and PhD degrees in four fields of specialization: Environmental and Resource Management, Environmental Science, Human, and Geomatics.
The mission statement of the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies stresses its commitment to: continuing to provide a dynamic undergraduate program covering a full range of knowledge, techniques and applications in geography and environmental studies; providing an array of stimulating undergraduate courses as a service to students from other disciplines; a graduate program emphasizing independent knowledge generation; faculty members engaged in developing new knowledge, innovative technical and educational approaches, with national and international horizons and fields of activity.
Undergraduate Advisor (Geography)
Dr. Steven Roberts
Undergraduate Advisor (Environmental Studies)
People at Laurier
Bill Quinton recently joined the Department of Geography & Environ-mental Studies as the university’s Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Cold Regions Hydrology. Dr. Quinton's research focuses on developing a better understanding of the impact of climate warming on an area that contains the majority of our fresh water. He studies surface water hydrology in Canada’s boreal and adjacent northern regions. The majority of the country’s fresh surface water can be found within the boreal forest, which accounts for over half Canada’s land surface and covers a substantial portion of most provinces and territories. It is also the area that has experienced the largest degree of climate warming in recent decades. Dr. Quinton will combine field, laboratory and computer-modelling studies to improve the understanding of, and ability to predict variations in, northern surface water supplies.