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Geography (BA)


 Waterloo

In this program, you’ll receive broad and rich training in the field of geography, from the cultural and social dimensions of how we use the world, to issues of population change, mobility, and how human behavior affects the environment.

As a Geography student, you’ll explore processes of urbanization, transportation and energy use; trends in human developments and sustainability; and patterns of migration and the experience of immigrants. You’ll receive a well-rounded education that allows you to think confidently and systematically about issues across the spectrum of the social and natural sciences, and to pursue careers and higher training where the ability to understand complex local and global issues is critical.

Our Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Geography program introduces you to all the main aspects of geography in your first and second years, so that in your third and fourth years, you’ll have the flexibility to specialize in your area of interest and develop advanced skills in research methods and techniques.

Geography is also available as a Bachelor of Science degree.

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Program Highlights

  • First-year Geography courses combine classroom learning with hands-on tutorials and lab meetings, so that you can develop key research and analytical skills in small-group settings.
  • Upper-year students participate in field courses where they can design and carry out original research projects.
  • Fourth-year students have the option of doing an undergraduate thesis project to refine their research skills, or to participate in field courses in places such as Costa Rica, Morocco, Yukon and Northwest Territories.
  • Students learn quantitative and qualitative research skills that they can apply to a range of careers and graduate research directions.
  • You’ll learn to use computerized geographic information systems, a skill that is highly desired by private and public sector employers.
  • Check out options to enhance your degree.

Sample Courses

  • Geographies of Human Development
  • Population Geography
  • Canadian Urban Spaces
  • Geographies of Tourism
  • Development of Geographical Thought
  • World Water and Development Issues

Requirements

  • Admission range of mid-70s.
  • English at 60%.  
  • More admission requirements are available in our admissions toolkit.

International Baccalaureate Requirements

  • HL or SL English.
  • IB Minimum Score: 28.

Careers

Recent career examples of our graduates include:

  • Vice-President technology
  • Geographer
  • Climate impact researcher
  • Senior hydrogeologist
  • Cartographer
  • GIS analyst
  • Housing development officer
  • Mine rehabilitation specialist

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