A geography and environment degree offers students the opportunity to tackle complex human and environmental problems with a skill set that emphasizes a combination of knowledge-building, informed problem solving and much more.
As a student in the Geography and Environment Department (GENV), you will examine some of the most significant issues facing our planet and its inhabitants, including climate change, species extinction, habitat fragmentation, urbanization, poverty, and development.
Our GENV programs combine the strengths of a variety of disciplines across two faculties: the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities (FHSS) and the Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences (FNAS). These combined strengths provide you with a holistic understanding of issues that cut across a variety of fields, opening up a wide range of employment opportunities. Our campus’s close proximity to freshwater, mountain, saltwater, and island habitats, as well as urban, rural and agricultural areas means that you will gain a wealth of hands-on experience in environmental stewardship and management and community development practices. Our Geographic Information Systems (GIS) lab and expertise provides up-to-date skills training in GIS. You will learn from professors with extensive expertise in diverse fields such as ecological restoration, sustainable agriculture, marine biology, landscape ecology, chemical ecology, urban and regional planning, resource management, physical and human geography, and geomatics. Also, the faculty and staff engaged in running the GENV programs provide leadership in the local community and more globally in their scholarship and in more practical ways as they approach the task of serving humanity and creation stewardship.
“The project I am currently working on is to lay the groundwork for a comprehensive study on the intersect of faith-based organizations and city planning in Ottawa. This involves a large amount of reading and study of official planning policy documents as well as researching of faith-based groups in the city and how they impact the social landscape of the city. . . Using GIS we have been able to see what areas of the city have the greatest access to faith-based organizations, and where they may be lacking.”
- Christopher ('19) | LLC, Ottawa, ON
Careers in Geography & Environment
A degree in Geography or Environmental Studies offers a wide range of career opportunities for students. A sample of these careers are listed below.
- Atmospheric Data Technician
- City/Urban/Municipal/Regional Planner
- Climatologist / Meteorologist
- Community Development Officer
- Consultant for Environmental & Geospatial Issues
- Environmental Lawyer
- Environmental Scientist
- Field Technician
- GIS Analyst/Specialist/Technician
- International Development Agent
- Land Surveyor
- Market Research Analyst
- Policy Analyst (e.g., Environmental Policy, Planning Policy)
- Resource Management Specialist
- Spatial Data Analyst / Statistical & Data Analysts
- Veterinarian / Veterinary Technician
- Waste Management Specialist