The Department of Environment and Geography offers degree programs in Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Physical Geography, and Human Geography. These four degree programs build on a diverse range of academic frameworks or foundations, including: physical and social sciences, education, law, agriculture, management, medicine, humanities, and architecture.
Environmental Science applies scientific knowledge from many disciplines to issues and questions relating to an increasing human population, the sustainability of resource use, degradation caused by pollution and disturbance, and the endangerment and extinction of species and natural systems.
Environmental Studies applies the theory and practice of group and organizational communication, to public policies and programs that underscore environmental concerns, and recognizes the need to integrate diverse social, institutional, political, and legal considerations inherent in attaining environmental objectives. Students have the opportunity to focus advanced studies in one of several areas, defined through consultation with the Faculty student advisor.
The academic discipline of geography focuses on place to place differences and similarities. The central subject matter of human geography is human behavior as it affects the surface of the earth. Students may choose to focus their studies in one of several areas, including Human-Environment Relations, Urban and Rural Development, Social Cultural Geography, Population, Resources and Development, and Area Studies.
Areas of physical geography include the study of the environment through aspects of atmospheric science, geomorphology, biogeography, and hydrology. Streams are currently available in Atmospheric and Hydrological Sciences, Geomatics (an emerging subfield, referring to the techniques of spatial data acquisition, handling and analysis) and General Physical Geography.
Potential careers for graduates of these programs include a diverse array of possibilities in the natural sciences, social sciences, or a combination of both. Graduates are poised to assume positions where they identify and analyze the local, regional, national, and global patterns that shape our lives. As well, technical skills such as geographic information systems and remote sensing are valuable career skills. Graduates of these programs can expect to enter the workforce in private, government, research, or not-for-profit sectors.