Undergraduate students at the Department of Geography and Environmental Management (GEM) can focus their interests in one of four specializations: Climate Change, Development and Environment, Earth Systems Science, and Geomatics.

Additionally, undergraduate students can do an option, diploma, and/or minor as part of their degree.

The Geography and Environmental Management and Geomatics programs are offered as co-op programs in addition to the regular stream.

Learn more about our undergraduate programs.


GEM at the University of Waterloo, as the Faculty of Environment’s more research-active unit, offers a vibrant and stimulating graduate research environment. The following graduate programs are offered:

Learn more about our graduate programs, and visit Waterloo-Laurier Graduate Program in Geography.


Many of our instructors have received teaching awards and grants to improve course delivery and learning outcomes.

For undergraduate students:

For graduate students: