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Geography

Why Geography?

How can we leverage our knowledge of local and global issues, such as community stability and global climate change, in order to build strong communities and healthy environments?

This program is designed for those who want to delve further into the human-environment relationship, locally and globally, to make a difference. Learning takes place in a variety of settings, including the field, labs and the classroom and encompasses a wide spectrum of skills and experience.

Students in the Geography GEOG program may also be interested in studying Environmental Governance, Ecology, Environment and Resource Management, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Geomatics, or other majors.

To see all courses offered in this degree, visit our 2023-2024 Academic Calendar.

Gain Valuable Experience Through Co-op

The Co-op program in Geography is a five-year program including four work terms, providing opportunities to work with a wide variety of employers. Co-op is designed to facilitate the transition of students from academic studies to a professional career. The program improves students' job search skills, work performance and networking abilities, and boosts resume experience.

To see all courses offered in the co-op program, visit our 2023-2024 Academic Calendar.

Build Strong Communities and Healthy Environments

 Tackle Local and Global Issues

From community sustainability to global environmental change, gain a breadth of understanding and awareness of local to global issues.

 Combine Studies With Geographic Information Systems

Combine this degree with our minor in geographic information systems to gain more advanced skills in statistical analysis, spatial analysis, map design and more.

 Focus on Your Interests

Master the important computer, cartographic, writing, GIS, and statistical skills required of a professional geographer, while choosing to focus on human, physical or environmental topics.

What Can You Do with a Degree in Geography?

Geography bridges the divide between human interaction and our environment, locally and globally. As a result, Geography graduates from U of G have a broad set of job opportunities post-graduation, from the public sector, to tourism and federal planning agencies.

Here are a few careers our Geography graduates have successfully pursued across the world: 

  • Land use planner
  • NGO advisor/analyst
  • Public sector conservation agency
  • Heritage conservation
  • Environmental officer
  • GIS software developer
  • Tourism/eco-tourism
  • Municipal, provincial, federal planning agencies
Dorian Pomezanski
My degrees at the University of Guelph were essential to honing my skills in data collection using a variety of tools and techniques, and to developing a comfort with research, data analysis, and project management. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of geography and therefore my university education IN geography, I was provided with a truly comprehensive mosaic of land and resource management both in Canada and abroad.

Dorian Pomezanski
Geography
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