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Geography and Environmental Studies

Geography and environmental studies differ from other subjects due to their emphasis on space, place, and how humans connect and interact with their environment. Major global challenges of our time, such as climate change, depletion of natural resources, water availability, migration, war and conflict are better understood and addressed by those who have an in-depth knowledge of geography and environmental studies. The subject is diverse and is based on both natural science and social studies.

What is Geography and Environmental Studies?

Geography and Environmental Studies encompasses three areas:

  • human geography
  • physical geography
  • environmental studies

Human geography analyses the way humans use and understand the world and addresses the spatial differentiation and organization of human activity and its interrelationships with the physical environment.

Physical geography—a component of Earth sciences—is the study of the natural processes that occur at and above the surface of the Earth.

Geography is one of mankind’s earliest scientific disciplines and studies the environment – everything that surrounds us, including human beings.

Environmental Studies encompasses the study of the planet and its intricate variety of living and non-living elements and processes, how human beings connect with the physical structures, institutions and economies we build, and the politics, language and culture by which we communicate.

Some specialty courses in geography and environmental studies at the U of R include:

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

This course offers an introduction to concepts and techniques of GIS used for spatial analysis such as car navigation or smartphone applications. Operational training in GIS is included.

The Place of Craft Beer

Is craft beer a sustainable practice for building local community? Topics include the geography of craft beer, environmental impacts, economic development, labour market, gender, and relationships to the local community.

Geography of Recreation and Tourism

Employing multiple analytical approaches, this course examines the economic, social, cultural, and environmental factors and processes of recreation and tourism, and their implications for the environment, space, and place, at a variety of geographical and temporal scales.

(De)constructing Berlin: an Exploration of Urban Place and Time

This course offers a multidisciplinary approach to the history and human/urban geography of Berlin, Germany. Emphasis is placed on selected themes in the physical, historical, cultural, political, and economic development of the city. The course includes a field trip to Berlin, Germany

Urban Planning

Urban Planning examines the classical roots of modern urban planning, the core concepts of planning theory, and the land-use plan. Emphasis is placed on urban planning in Canada and especially in Regina.

Climate Change Policy

This course explores questions such as what policy options are available to address climate change? What climate change policies have been introduced in Canada and around the world? How do we evaluate whether climate change policy has succeeded?

Geomorphology

The study of landforms and the processes which create and modify them. Emphasis on the mechanics of geomorphic processes and how they relate to properties of earth materials.

Quick Facts

Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Environmental Studies

Bachelor of Arts Honours in Geography and Environmental Studies

Bachelor of Science in Geography and Environmental Studies

Bachelor of Science Honours in Geography and Environmental Studies

Program: Bachelor
Length: 4 years
Offered Through: University of Regina Campion College First Nations University of Canada Luther College

Geography and Environmental Studies Meet Your Faculty

Why Study Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Regina?

Geographers focus on topics such as climate, climate change, biogeography, and environmental issues of pollution, desertification, deforestation, or species extinction. They can also focus on population, language, culture and ethnicity, economics and development, geopolitics, and urban planning.

Along with gaining fundamental knowledge of the different facets of geography and environmental studies, you’ll also learn field-based methods and hands-on skills.

Many of our courses, especially physical geography and geographic information science, include hands-on assignments.

Geography and Environmental Studies Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between the Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Environmental Studies and the Bachelor of Science in Geography and Environmental Studies?
The Bachelor of Arts focuses more on human impact on the environment and follows the Arts core curriculum, while the Bachelor of Science follows the science curriculum and places more emphasis on the physical side of geography and environmental studies.
What’s the difference between a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts Honours? What about a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Science Honours?

Admission to the Bachelor of Arts Honours program requires an overall average of at least 70 per cent, and an average of least 75 per cent in geography and environmental studies courses and other required arts courses. It also requires completion of the Faculty of Arts core requirements, and completion of, or registration in, at least 60 credit hours.

The Bachelor of Science Honours program also has higher academic requirements. To graduate with a Bachelor of Science Honours degree, you must have an overall average of at least 70 per cent, and an average of least 75 per cent in geography and environmental studies courses and other required science courses. 

If you are planning an honours program, please consult with the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies.

What clubs, campus events, and networking opportunities do geography and environmental studies students participate in?
Can I transfer into a geography and environmental studies program?
If you want to transfer into a program, transfer credits will be assessed on an individual basis. Please consult with the department head and your academic advisor.
Can I study abroad?
Yes! There are study abroad opportunities for eligible students. For details, visit Study Abroad & Global Mobility.

 

Do you offer scholarships?

Yes! We offer the following scholarships to undergraduate geography and environmental studies students:

  • Lori Cameron Scholarship in Geography and Environmental Studies
  • Hansgeorg Schlichtmann Memorial Award
  • Geography Scholarship for Excellence
  • Geography and Environmental Studies Scholarship for Excellence Award
  • H&M Scholarship in Environmental Studies
  • Whitecap Resources Inc. Indigenous Student Award
  • ESRI Canada GIS Scholarship

Use our online Student Awards Management System (SAMS) to find other awards and scholarships for which you may be eligible.

Geography and Environmental Studies Program Concepts and Goals

You will develop a strong background in spatial thinking and analysis to understand patterns, pathways, and connections between physical environments and human environments.

Learn

The study of geography and environmental studies sharpens observational and analytical skills, the ability to take in vast quantities of information and to think critically, and the capacity to understand continuity and change in a range of contexts.

Get experience

Kick-start your career through our Co-op program. Apply what you’ve learned in your courses to work experience in your field of study, while obtaining practical, hands-on learning experience. Co-op work terms can help you establish contacts and potential mentors in your professional field.

Get jobs

Graduates have worked for the City of Regina, the City of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Ministry of the Environment, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, Agri-Food Canada, Nature Conservancy of Canada, crown corporations, private consulting firms that provide solutions to engineering, geoscience, and environmental questions, all levels of government institutions, and many other employers.

What can you do with a Geography and Environmental Studies degree?

To explore minors that may be available in this program area, please visit the Academic Calendar or meet with your faculty advisor in the Academic Advising Office after you are admitted. A minor is a declared secondary subject that complements your major. To obtain a minor, students follow a framework of required courses.

Upon successfully completing your bachelor’s program in geography and environmental studies, you will be prepared for the next step of your career. Many students go on to graduate studies. Our graduates have gone on to jobs such as:

  • Community and Regional Planner
  • Environmental consultant
  • Geospatial technician
  • GIS coordinator
  • Agroclimate analyst
  • Hydrologist
  • Surveyor
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