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Geography (BA)

Geography (BA)

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Geography is a wide-ranging discipline that examines the characteristics of human and physical features on Earth and the processes that shape them.

You'll learn to critically analyze complex issues in areas such as travel, health, food systems, climate or water distributions. 

Program Highlights

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  • 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 engage in original research projects in places such as Costa Rica, the Canadian Rockies, and the Yukon.
  • Participate in the Capstone Urban Sustainability Project and collaborate with other Arts students on a yearlong project where you'll seek to resolve an urban planning and development issue.
  • Students engage with modern technologies such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) that they can then apply to a range of careers.

Sample Courses

  • Health and Disease
  • Sex, Death and the City
  • Global Food Systems
  • Experiencing the City
  • Risks and Disasters
  • Global Resource and Environmental Issues

Admission Requirements

We encourage applicants of all academic backgrounds to apply.

Ontario High School Curriculum

  • Minimum admission range: low 70s.
  • Competitive admission range, based on last year’s admitted students: low 80s.
  • English at 60%.

Other Curriculums

Visit our admission requirements section to find specific requirements for international curriculums, other Canadian curriculums, transfer students and more.

Design Your Degree

These are a few popular academic opportunities that allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Geomatics Option
  • Sustainability Option
  • Community Engagement Option

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

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