Why study Geography

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Environmental studies

The environmental studies programs (honours with specialization; major; and minor) are interdisciplinary; as such they include courses in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. The programs offer a unique, multi-facetted perspective on the relationship between society and the physical environment. During the last few decades, humanity's impact on the natural world has become a leading topic of international debate and discussion. At stake are matters of primary importance to our society, such as the economic and political consequences of major climate change, problems facing modern agricultural production and possible threats to human health.

Student profile

  • Eager to heighten environmental and social awareness in our globalized world;
  • Able to synthesize ecological science with policy processes, like environmental impact assessments;
  • Can propose comprehensive planning in the face of opposing and varied stakeholders;
  • Able to approach environmental problems from a geographic perspective.

Geography addresses highly relevant issues like climate change and human adaptation; water resources and their management; community organization and evolution; social interaction in urban space; and northern development in permafrost environments.  Our programs (honours with specialization, major, minor) provide you with the knowledge, tools and technical skills that make you highly employable as soon as you graduate. What's more, emerging technologies such as computer cartography, remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS) are an integral part of the curriculum, as are unforgettable field experiences in Canada's north land, in the Great Lakes basin and in the Appalachians.

Student profile

  • Interested in social interactions in regional or urban contexts;
  • Curious about the various factors transforming our planet;
  • Keen on manipulating and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data;
  • Willing to expand computer literacy through data analysis and GIS. 
Geomatics and spatial analysis

The field of geomatics uses science and information technologies to gather and manage spatial data. It draws on a variety of disciplines, such as geography, cartography, photogrammetrics, computer science, mathematics and statistics, as well as geographic information systems, global positioning system, and remote sensing. The applications of geomatics include health-care planning, epidemiology, criminology, environmental and resources monitoring and urban planning.

Student profile

  • Keenly interested in expanding one's computer literacy through GIS and remote sensing software;
  • Willing to acquire statistical expertise through hypothesis testing and problem solving;
  • Eager to explore social and physical problems through mapping;
  • Able to manage data and to apply sound organizational skills.
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