Courses for your Geography and Environmental Management degree

First-year courses

September to December

  • GEOG 100 – On Becoming a Geographer
  • GEOG 101 – Human Geographies: People, Space and Change
  • ENVS 178 – Environmental Applications of Data Management and Statistics
  • One elective

Plus choose one from or an elective

January to April

  • GEOG 102 – Global Environmental Systems: Processes and Change
  • GEOG 181 – Designing Effective Maps
  • ENVS 278 – Applied Statistics for Environmental Research 
  • One elective

Plus, if not taken in September, one of the following or an elective


This is a sample schedule. Courses or when a course is offered may change depending on availability.

After first year

About half of the classes you’ll take will be Geography courses. With your remaining classes, you can choose electives from many of the 100 subject areas at Waterloo.

View a list of all the courses required for your degree.

Sample upper-year courses

GEOG 207 – Climate Change Fundamentals
GEOG 281 – Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
GEOG 391 – Field Research
GEOG 392 – International Field Research


Advisors are here to help

With so much flexibility, you might have a lot of questions. We're here to help! If you're applying for admission, email our Faculty of Environment recruitment coordinator.

Once you're a Waterloo student, you'll have access to academic advisors who can help you

  • choose your courses,
  • select minors and specializations,
  • ensure that you're meeting the requirements for your degree, and more.

Learn more

Overview of Waterloo's Geography and Environmental Management program.