Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Degree options: BA honours or major; Any degree, minor
Other degree options in the field of geography and environment at Mount Allison:
- BA environmental studies (honours, major, minor)
- BSc environmental science (honours, major, minor)
- Any degree, geographic information systems (minor)
The Mount Allison geography program explores courses in both human and physical geography, and is designed for students interested in the study of social sciences at various spatial and temporal scales.
Geography will often take you outside the classroom to learn through lab work, field study, and library and archival searching. Field trips to locations across the Maritime region and throughout North America have become an increasingly important part of this program.
You are also encouraged to become actively involved in research, either through independent summer research projects or as a research assistant to a faculty member.
Find a list of specific geography courses in the academic calendar – geography and environment.
Popular career paths for geography graduates include:
- GIS specialist
- public policy analyst
- urban recreation/transportation planner
- urban/regional planner
- community development specialist
- municipal adviser
- resource management specialist
- environmental consultant/planner
- international development worker
- environmental law specialist
- international development worker
“I love geography because I feel it gives me a variety of lenses and
tools to look at the world. The program is set up in a way that provides
you with a broad framework of basic knowledge, but then lets you
examine and investigate the particular details of whatever it is you are
interested in. I love the way that almost everything can be related
back to geography, from the food you eat to the trees in your backyard.
It’s not just about maps — it’s about climate change, conflicts,
culture, and communities, things that are relevant and meaningful.”
Honors geography, major in English (’14)
St. Eugene, ON
“When you come to Mount Allison for a liberal arts degree, it is so
that you can leave a more well-rounded and engaged person. The geography
program really gives you the tools to think critically about the world
around you as well as opportunities to see the principles you are
learning about taking place in the real world. That is where connections
between your studies start to be made and real learning happens!”
Honours geography, minor in chemistry (’13)
North Vancouver, BC
Centre for Environmental Innovation – set to open in Fall 2018, this world-class facility for environmental science will consolidate research for 15 scientists whose work focuses on environmental and life sciences, and will provide high quality, hands-on educational and research experience to our students.
Geographic information systems (GIS) computing lab – provides a teaching lab and research space for faculty and students. It supports a range of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software used by researchers and industry.
Lab research opportunities
The Department of Geography and Environment is connected to a number of labs that offer students unique opportunities for research and learning.
Geospatial Modelling Lab – facilitates spatial analysis and modelling that can be applied to assist environmental monitoring, mapping and conservation planning. Students have the opportunity to work in this lab as research assistants, particularly those minoring in GIS.
Marine Macroecology and Biogeochemistry Lab (MMaB Lab) – houses an interdisciplinary research group interested in large-scale ecological, evolutionary and biogeochemical phenomena in the oceans. The primary goal is to understand and anticipate the effects of climate change on marine organisms. The MMaB Lab offers research opportunities to undergraduate students interested in any combination of environmental science, math and computer science, physics, chemistry, and biology.
Dr. Michael Fox
Professor, geography and environment
Research interests: place-based and experiential learning, geography and environment education, university-community relations, and community-based planning issues.