Geography

Navigate your way to a great career.

Overview

Navigate your way to a great career.

 

Position yourself as a professional equipped to make sense of trends such as environmental change, human health outcomes, and apply policies to improve the overall human condition.

The program in Geography offers a solid foundation in geographic techniques, physical geography and human geography, including development issues in Northern Canada, Latin America, and Africa. Students may obtain a Certificate in Geographic Techniques including Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing, air photo interpretation, cartography and spatial analysis.

Honours thesis students have the opportunity to gain field-based and laboratory-based experience in permafrost assessment and monitoring.

The department organizes field trips to study the unique geological features of the Sudbury Basin, one of the oldest and largest impact craters in the world. Study abroad courses are also offered regularly in a variety of locations from Mexico to Macedonia. 

 

Key Features

  • Study not only the physical features of the land, but also the structure of cities, global economies and markets, as well as political climates and changes around the globe.
  • Take advantage of opportunities to travel to locations such as Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Pickering and Toronto, United States, Cuba, Mexico, Africa, China, and Jamaica.
  • Dedicated faculty, and access to a computer lab with current spatial software packages and a map library contribute to your success.

 

Career Opportunities

Geographic information systems analysis, urban planning, cartographic specialists, business allocation analysis and target marketing, aquatic ecology, ecosystem analysis, health geography and medical spatial analysis, claims mapping, geology and mineral spatial analysis, water management, economic development, environmental analysis, land-use planning, resource management, social policy analysis, climatology and meteorological analysis, cultural studies, Aboriginal studies, industrial location analysis, civil service, teaching, graduate studies.

 

Program Details

A degree will be awarded to students who demonstrate proficiency within three geographic paradigms (physical, human and geographic technique courses), and the ability to carry out advanced geographic study at the third (3000) and, particularly, fourth year (4000) level. Examples on the physical side include courses in geomorphology, biogeography, hydrology and climatology; whereas human geographic courses emphasize cultural/population geography, political geography, economic geography and urban geography. Geographic techniques courses include geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, cartography, air photo interpretation and spatial statistics.

Key Features

Study not only the physical features of the land, but also the structure of cities, global economies and markets, as well as political climates and changes around the globe
Take advantage of opportunities to travel to locations such as Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Pickering and Toronto, United States, Cuba, Mexico, Africa, China, and Jamaica
Dedicated faculty, and access to a computer lab with current spatial software packages and a map library contribute to your success

Career Opportunities

Geographic information systems analysis, urban planning, cartographic specialists, business allocation analysis and target marketing, aquatic ecology, ecosystem analysis, health geography and medical spatial analysis, claims mapping, geology and mineral spatial analysis, water management, economic development, environmental analysis, land-use planning, resource management, social policy analysis, climatology and meteorological analysis, cultural studies, Aboriginal studies, industrial location analysis, civil service, teaching, graduate studies.

What our students have to say

Scott Youngblut, Multidisciplinary Hydrographer, Canadian Hydrographic Service Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Burlington, Ontario
"I think that my education at Laurentian provided me with the tools and the confidence to succeed in my career.  I also feel that the Geography Program has a great family atmosphere where you are supported during your tenure and still feel welcomed years later.  I would recommend it to anyone seeking a solid Geographical educatoin as well as a great University experience... and I have."

 

Nadia M. De Santi, MSc.PI, MCIP, RPP, Intermediate Planner, FoTenn Consultants Inc., Ottawa, Ontario
"It is here at Laurentian where I have been fortunate to enhance my knowledge of so many facets of Geography.  Many say 'Oh you are in Geography, so you must know all the rivers and mountains' - as Geography students we know this is only partially true.  Geography also means learning about different cultures and where the faculty, satff and students are from various ethnic backgrounds.  The Geography Program at Laurentian is a microcosm of our diverse world."

 

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