Think big. Make the world your classroom.
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 program is one of Canada's largest and is ranked among the world's best geography undergraduate programs (QS Rankings 2018). Choose from more than 70 geography courses, including lots of field studies.
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.
Geography and Environmental Management 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.
Not studying in Ontario? Search our admission requirements for Geography and Environmental Management.
First-year Geography and Environmental Management courses
September to December
January to April
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
Waterloo ranks in the top 10 geography programs in Canada
Earn a Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree
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.
Apply directly to this program on your application
Offered by the Faculty of Environment
Available and a major and a minor
Customize your Geography and Environmental Management 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, which will become available as of fall 2020.
What can you do with a degree in Geography and Environmental Management?
Waterloo Geography and Environmental Management graduates often work in conservancy and consulting. They typically work for consulting companies, government ministries, and conservation organizations.
- 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
Study in Asia or the U.K.
Gain international experience with environmental issues through field studies 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.
Learn more about Geography and Environmental Management
- Visit the Department of Geography and Environmental Management
- Email Jay Smith, our Environment recruitment coordinator, who can answer any questions about the program
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