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Why Study Geography?
- Would you like to gain cutting edge knowledge about climate change from international experts?
- Are you interested in how cities develop, why, and with what consequences for how people live?
- Do you want to hone relevant skills in communication, mapping and spatial analysis, problem-solving and project design?
These are just a few of the questions that you can explore while studying with us.
The world is changing fast – ecologically, socially, politically and economically. Understanding why these changes are happening, how they interact, and how people are responding is critical. Our focus on human-environment interactions and interdisciplinary problem-solving will equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to address some of the most pressing challenges of the 21st century.
Careers That Make A Difference
Want to make a difference with your work? You've come to the right place.
Our graduates work in a wide range of fields making tangible contributions to the communities in which they live. Employment rates are high (typically >95%), with average starting salaries in the $45-50k range. Students work across a variety of industries in positions ranging from project management and planning to communications, terrain management, wildlife conservation, environmental protection and natural resource management. Students in our Physical Geography programs can gain professional accreditation through Engineers & Geoscientists BC (EGBC) or the BC Institute of Agrologists (BCIA).
“Geography really opened my eyes,” says Marina Miller, a fourth-year Global Environmental Systems student. “The discipline offers a way to understand different systems and aspects of our world, and that’s crucial because we need multifaceted solutions to solve global issues.”
Marina spent three semesters gaining hands-on experience with co-operative education placements at Translink and the Vancouver Airport Authority (YVR).
Our wide selection of programs lets you tailor your degree to your specific area of interest. In addition to three different degree options (BA, BSc, BEnv), we offer a number of joint programs, as well as several minors and certificates. All of our programs provide opportunities to engage in experiential learning, allowing you to develop your skills both inside and out of the classroom.
Need help choosing? Come see one of our Academic Advisors.
- Human Geography Major
- Physical Geography Major
- Global Environmental Systems Major
- Geographic Information Science Major
- Geography/Business Joint Major
- Geography Minor
- Geographic Information Science Minor
- Physical Geography Minor
- Geographic Information Science
- Urban Studies