Join the movement, meet the moment.
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.
- Study in Asia or the Canadian Arctic. Gain experience with environmental issues around the world through field studies in the Arctic or in countries such as Nepal or Indonesia.
- 30+ possible minors. Include additional interests and skills by adding one of more than 30 minors to your degree. Or do a double major. Or add an option. So go ahead: customize your degree to your interests!
- Hone your technical skills. Learn remote sensing techniques, produce professional-quality maps, and get your hands dirty during field trips.
- Available as a regular or co-op program
- Available as a major and a minor
- Graduate with a Bachelor of Environmental Studies
- Offered by the Faculty of Environment
What will you learn?
During your first year, you'll take a combination of geography, environmental studies, and English courses.
In your upper years, about half of the classes you'll take will be in geography.
Learn more about the courses you'll take for your Geography and Environmental Management degree.
Customize your degree
You can add additional areas of expertise to your degree by including one or more of the areas of focus in Geography and Environmental Management.
- Climate Change and Environment
- Earth Systems Science
- Economy and Society
You can also choose one of the minors available to all Waterloo students, such as Tourism.
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Become a global student
Geography and Environmental Management was the perfect option for Sam to explore her interests in travel, culture, and global issues.
Co-op = relevant paid work experience
By alternating school terms and paid co-op work terms throughout your degree, you can explore new career areas and types of employers as your career interests evolve.
Sample co-op job titles
- Aquatic research technician
- Forester/forest technician
- Agroclimate analyst
- GIS technician
- Habitat data officer
- Lakewide management support
- Sustainability projects coordinator
Sample co-op employers
- Fisheries and Oceans Canada
- Norfolk County
- The Weather Network
- Environment and Climate Change Canada
- Ontario Power Generation Inc.
What can you do with a geography degree?
Graduates often work in conservancy, education, government, business, non-profits, and consulting.
- Conservation Technician – Nature Conservancy of Canada
- Planner, Parks & Recreation – Monteith Brown Planning Consultant
- Geographic Information System Technician – Algonquin Power & Utilities
- Aquatic Specialist – Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions
- Research Associate – Environics Analytics Group
- Junior Environmental Scientist – BluMetric Environmental
- Environmental Planner – Ministry of Transportation, Ontario
Learn about the future of careers in environment, sustainability, and geography
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
How to apply
Apply directly to this program on your application.
Not studying in Ontario?
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Questions about courses, programs, requirements, or careers?
Contact Graham Barnes, our recruitment coordinator, who can answer any questions you have.