The Geography and Environment Department offers three degree programs: a BA in Geography, a BA in Environmental Studies, and a BSc in Environmental Science.

Programs 1The geography BA program leads to the completion of a Minor, Major, or Honours. It is about the study of place and involves understanding the processes that have acted together to shape the complex "place" structures that exist in our world and on our landscape. Such study requires an understanding of the principles of ecological and physical systems; of the cultural, social, economic and political forces acting on those systems; and of the management, planning or scientific tools necessary to meet environmental challenges and opportunities.

The environmental studies BA program is designed for students interested in the human dimensions of environmental change and problem-solving, including environmental behaviour, management, planning, and policy. It operates as an inter-disciplinary, cross-departmental degree program and leads to the completion of a Minor, Major, or Honours. Studies in this stream address such topics as environmental policy and economics, natural resource management, and environmental ethics.

The environmental science BSc program is an interdisciplinary, science-intensive program, requiring comprehensive study of the sciences and mathematics leading to a Major or Honours. Courses in this program provide the strong but diverse scientific foundation required to understand environmental issues from a multi-disciplinary perspective. In consultation with the co-ordinator, students will complement their program with an in-depth concentration of courses to provide them with a scientific specialty.


Program 2Programs offered by Geography & Environment:
    • Bachelor of Arts in Geography
    • Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies
    • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science
    • Minor in Geographic Information Systems (BA or BSc)

For all programs:

  • For required courses, see the academic calendar
  • To keep track of courses, fill in a degree audit form
  • “GENS” – physical science-based Geography & Environment course
  • “GENV” – social science-based Geography & Environment course 
  •  **Not all courses are offered annually. Students must pay careful attention to the planned patterns of course rotation and seek advice from the department as needed.


  •   Bachelor of Arts: Minor, Major, or Honours
  •  The study of place!
    o ecological, physical systems that shape place structures in our world and on our landscapes
    o cultural, social, economic, political forces acting on systems
    o management, planning, tools to meet environmental challenges 
  •  Program advisor: Dr. David Lieske ( 

Environmental Studies

  •   Bachelor of Arts: Minor, Major, or Honours
  •   The study of human dimensions of environmental change!
        o interdisciplinary problem solving
        o environmental behaviour, management, planning, policy, economics, and ethics
        o natural resource management
  •   Program advisor: Dr. Brad Walters (  

Prog 3Environmental Science

  •   Bachelor of Arts: Minor, Major, or Honours
  •   The study of physical science dimensions of the environment!
    o comprehensive study of sciences to understand environmental issues
    o streams available via grouped-courses:

              Aquatic Environments
              Environmental Chemistry
              Environmental Management
              Environmental Modelling
              Environmental Monitoring          

  •   Program advisor: Dr. David Lieske (

Geographic Information Systems

    • Minor only (with a Bachelor of Arts OR Bachelor of Science)
    • The study of cartography, Geographic Information Systems, and the role of maps in conveying geographic information.
    • Group of GIS-focused courses available as a minor.
    • Program advisor: Dr. David Lieske (