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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

About the Bachelor of Science in Geography

Geographers examine interactions between humans and their environment. Over the past few hundred years, humans have modified urban and natural systems at a staggering rate. As the human population continues to increase and the demand for space becomes more competitive, graduates of Geography will have a sound basis for understanding these pressing issues.

Our Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Geography offers you the opportunity to focus on the field of physical geography. Physical geography includes the sub-disciplines of geomorphology, climatology, biogeography and hydrology, and focuses on understanding how processes in the natural environment function, such as the changing surface of the earth, weather and climate, or the distribution of water on our planet.

The BSc in Geography program prepares you to seek professional registration as an environmental geoscientist (PGeo). Professional registration allows you to practice geoscience in the province of Ontario. The work involves analysis of different Earth systems and geoscientific situations in natural settings, so geoscientists need to gather on-site data and make direct field observations. Worksite locations can be remote and physically challenging. As a BSc in Geography graduate, you'll be able to confidently apply to seek professional registration.

Specialize in Your Passion

In addition to our general BSc in Geography, we offer a number of specialized, direct-entry programs:

  • Our BSc in Geography and Geomatics focuses on the use of technology to gather, analyze interpret and distribute geographic information.
  • Our BSc in Geography with the Environmental Science Option will have you exploring the ways to address problems caused by human activities. The study of organisms, geochemical and physical environmental interactions are essential to this understanding.
  • Our BSc in Applied Water Science applies underlying scientific principles pertaining to the physical, chemical and biological properties of water as well as water conservation and management.
  • Our BSc in Geography combined with Archaeology and Heritage Studies allows you to pursue aspects of archaeology that combine environmental approaches and geographical studies of the landscape, which employ the latest remote sensing techniques.

Geography is also available as a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, which focuses on the area of human geography and investigates complex issues in areas such as urban planning, travel, health and food systems.

Undertake Exciting, Hands-On Field Work

Opportunities exist for senior undergraduate students to participate in fieldwork in a variety of subdisciplines in Geography. These experiences range from working in the Northwest Territories studying impacts of a warming climate on permafrost to studying sand dune restoration and the ecological impacts of controlled burning at Pinery Provincial Park on the shore of Lake Huron.

While these field courses provide outstanding opportunities for a high-impact engaged learning experience, they also provide a chance for Geography students to bond together as a community. These experiences are often the most memorable for our students, and reflect our department’s commitment to hands-on research training and learning in the field.

"During my third year I took Phil Marsh’s hydrology class. Snow hydrology is an important part of this beautiful country and now I’ve found an opportunity to pursue it. Combined with my apparently unusual love for winter/snow, and my curiosity for the Arctic, I’ve found myself at the Trail Valley Creek research station.

"I’m looking to use aerial imagery to construct a series of maps for some of the lakes surrounding Trail Valley Creek. The goal is to extend a currently existing record of imagery and hopefully provide a better understanding of hydrological activity at Trail Valley Creek."

– Dilshan Kariyawasam, student researcher (BSc in Geography with Environmental Science Option and Geomatics Option)


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