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Environmental Geography (BSc)

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Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Program type
Major, Minor
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
3 to 4 years
Start term
Fall, Winter

Why study Environmental Geography?

Explore the relationships between people and the landscape, whether it’s your own backyard or a vast region on the other side of the planet.  As an Environmental Geography major, you’ll take courses in geography, geology and biology, and enjoy the flexibility to complement your studies in another field of interest.

Through labs, lectures and projects, you’ll acquire the analytical skills to assess the impact of human activity on natural landforms and cycles. During the program you’ll also:

  • Study the causes and consequences of environmental change
  • Learn to gather and interpret statistical data
  • Acquire technical knowledge of computerized mapping and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Learn to develop effective and efficient policies for environmental management

After graduation, your knowledge and technical skills will prepare you for a career in environmental planning, design and restoration, environmental assessment or resource management.

Program structure

A Bachelor of Science degree takes a minimum of three or four years (90 – 120 credits) of full-time study, depending on your academic background.

Program options

  • Major in Environmental Geography (45 credits)
  • Minor in Environmental Geography (24 credits)


Admission requirements

Minimum cut-off averages

  • Quebec CEGEP: 23
  • High School: B- overall, B- in math / sciences
  • University Transfers (internal/external): C+ overall, C+ in math / sciences
  • Bacc. français: 12 overall, 12 in math / science
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma: 27 overall, 4 math, 4 science

Course requirements for admission

  • CEGEP STUDENTS: Calculus 1 and Calculus 2 and Linear Algebra – Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism and Wave, Optics and Modern Physics – General Chemistry and Chemistry of Solutions – General Biology OR Natural Science DEC OR DEC intégré en sciences, lettres et arts.
  • HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: one math and two of either biology, chemistry or physics
  • BACC FRANÇAIS STUDENTS: Science programs require the completion of Série S (Sciences) Bacc. français
  • IB STUDENTS: one math, one science (HL preferred but SL acceptable). SL grade requirement may vary. Science HL or SL acceptable.
  • UNIVERSITY TRANSFERS: one math, one science (if courses are completed during previous studies, they may be considered as the basis of admission)

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.

After your degree

There is a growing demand for geographers and environmental scientists. Many employers require researchers to conduct environmental assessments for major projects. Employers also seek technical specialists in computer-assisted cartography and GIS. Environmental Geography alumni have established careers in a range of fields including:

  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Resource conservation
  • Environmental consulting
  • Geographic Information Systems analysis
  • Water science

Recent graduates have become researchers with the NAFTA Commission for Environmental Cooperation and the Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biodiversity.

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