Geography and Environmental Management

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A student in the Geography and Environmental Management program at the University of Waterloo.

Geography and Environmental Management allowed Cassandra to embark on an Arctic adventure. She participated in a comprehensive study of the north, exploring interconnections between the human and physical environment while analyzing the impacts of climate change. Photo credit: Jeff Topham, One Ocean Expeditions

Explore how people shape the planet we live on. Delve into the dynamics of the Earth’s physical systems. Help solve many of the world’s most pressing problems, such as climate change, water scarcity, resource management, global population growth, natural resource sustainability, and more.

Waterloo's Geography and Environmental Management department is one of Canada's largest and is ranked 5th in Canada for research and reputation (QS Subject Rankings 2021). Choose from more than 70 geography courses, including lots of field studies, and maybe even take the opportunity to gain paid work experience through co-op.

Geography offers the flexibility to focus your degree with a variety of specializations and options or even add another major.

You’ll quickly connect with other students in the Faculty of Environment’s welcoming and close-knit community. And when you graduate, your degree can take you literally anywhere around the globe.

TrophyTop 5 in Canada for Geography (2021 QS World University Rankings)

BreifCaseAvailable as a regular or co-op program

Graduation CapEarn a Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree


Admission requirements

Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including

  • Any Grade 12 U English (minimum final grade of 70% is required)

Admission averages: Low 80s

Complete the Admission Information Form once you've applied.

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Geography and Environmental Management was the perfect option for Sam to explore her interests in travel, culture, and global issues.

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megaphone icon"I really like the small class sizes – and the flexibility to customize your degree with specializations, minors, or another major. Plus the field opportunities in Canada and internationally teach you many different things about geography in real life."Lawrence, fourth-year Geography and Environmental Management student
megaphone icon"I really like the degree of customization available. I was given foundational skills, but also freedom to follow my interests. Through courses, co-op, and clubs, I found connections between ideas that I wouldn't have seen otherwise."Devon, fourth-year Geography and Environmental Management co-op student
megaphone icon"Geography and Environmental Management is great for anyone passionate about earth sciences and world issues. By incorporating a variety of specializations, you can focus on a specific area of geography or combine interests to form a unique degree."Farah, second-year Geography and Environmental Management student
megaphone icon"My geography classes are about the same size as in high school, making them feel tight-knit and easing the transition into university. I made friends through my classes and found an instantaneous support network I've carried with me in my studies."Simon, third-year Geography and Environmental Management student

Ready to learn more?

Study in Asia or the U.K.

Gain international experience with environmental issues through field studies in the Arctic or in countries such as Nepal, Indonesia, and the U.K.

Hone your technical skills

Learn remote sensing techniques, produce professional-quality maps, and get your hands dirty during field trips.