Explore how geography influences human behavior and examine the impact of human activity on the environment. As a geographer, your knowledge of this complex relationship will lead you towards creative solutions for some of the most important issues we face today: climate change, biodiversity loss, natural resource management and sustainability.
Through labs, lectures and projects, you will:
Study the relationships between people and places: what places mean, how places shape our lives
Examine the causes and consequences of environmental change
Consider the role and significance of social and environmental justice issues
Identify approaches to support the efficient, equitable and sustainable use of resources
Learn to gather, analyze and interpret statistical data
Acquire technical skills in computerized mapping and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
After graduation, your knowledge and technical skills will prepare you for careers in areas such as climate change adaptation policy, environmental impact assessment, biodiversity conservation and protected areas planning, and urban and regional planning.
Honours programs: Students applying directly to an honours program should list it as their first choice. If not admitted to honours, they will automatically be considered for the next highest program (i.e. specialization or major).
Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.
We consider complete applications year round and we give priority to applicants who apply by official deadlines. Late applications will be considered if places are still availablefor the fall term only.
Human Environment alumni have established careers in a range fields including environmental impact assessment, resource conservation, urban and regional planning, housing and community development, and teaching. Recent graduates have become researchers with the NAFTA Commission for Environmental Cooperation and the Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biodiversity.
Our focus is on the human environment, specifically the ongoing radical transformation of the earth by human action. The program is designed to:
sustain a critical awareness of the complexity and interconnectedness within and between cultural and natural systems
foster an understanding of the causes and consequences of environmental change
identify effective practices and policies for environmental management
develop student skills in critical thinking and writing
provide students with important technical skills, such as qualitative and quantitative research methods and Geographic Information Systems.
For all Geography BA programs there is a common 12 credit core in the first year and a common 12 credit core in the second year. The program is made up of courses in human geography, physical geography and techniques. In the first year there is one introductory course in each area followed by a course which integrates all three. At the second year, students take courses in all three areas; while in the final year all courses integrate both physical and human geography.