Environmental Studies
Department of Geography & Environmental Studies

The Department of Geography & Environmental Studies offers eight different degrees in Physical and Human Geography, as well as a degree in Environmental Studies. Regardless of the individual degree pursued, all of the degree programs prepare students to establish themselves in a variety of stimulating careers ranging from environmental consulting to teaching, from planning to intelligence work, and from public administration to development work overseas. Because of their considerable breadth of theoretical and applied knowledge, geographers are frequently part of multidisciplinary teams working in the natural sciences, business and industry, and public service: geographers are 'generalists' in the best sense of the word!

To deepen their professional preparation, our students also focus on one or several fields of expertise: Physical Geography, Human Geography, GIS and Geomatics, Health Geography, Tourism, and Environmental and Resource Management. Students looking for a further specialization are able to advance their studies with our internationally respected faculty. For example, the department plays a leadership role in the Cold Regions Research Centre, a world leader in polar and mountain research, including northern and paleohydrology. In addition, our faculty are linked with researchers in Faculty of Science through the Laurier Institute for Water Science (LIWS).

Similarly, in the field of Human Geography, students can pursue four different specializations: Urban and Economic Spaces, Landscapes and Identity, Tourism and Travel Behaviour, and Regional Geographies of Canada, each with their dedicated set of courses from first to fourth year level.

For students of all specializations, the department offers a variety of field courses, as well as the opportunity for co-op studies.

The department looks forward to your inquiries. The undergraduate advisor can be reached at GeographyAdvice@wlu.ca.

Honours BA, Minor and ES Courses:

Department of Geography & Environmental Studies

ES Course Notes

For the purposes of teachers' college applications, any course from the following list is considered a Canadian content course: NO201/GG201, GG232, GG250, GG256, GG350, GG354, GG453, GG494/ES494.

Course Offerings
Course #TitleCredits
ES101 Introduction to Environmental Studies 0.5
ES102 Environmental Problems and Approaches 0.5
ES290 Global Resource and Environmental Issues 0.5
ES291 Geography of Resource Policy and Administration 0.5
ES293 Social-Ecological Systems Approaches 0.5
ES295 Ecotourism and the Environment 0.5
ES296 Introduction to Sustainability [1] 0.5
ES297 Geography of Water Resources - Canada 0.5
ES298 Environmental Thought 0.5
ES356 Development and the Environment 0.5
ES357 Greening the Campus 0.5
ES362 Global Food Systems 0.5
ES391 Wildlife and Rural Land Resources Management 0.5
ES392 Environmental Impact Assessment 0.5
ES397 World Water Environment and Development Issues 0.5
ES398 Parks and Protected Areas 0.5
ES399 Third Year Field Studies 0.5
ES401 Theory and Practice of Ecosystem-Based Management 1.0
ES493 Problems in Land Resources Management 0.5
ES494 Northern Resources and Environments 0.5
ES496 Theory and Practice of Sustainability 0.5

Senate/Editorial Changes

Senate Revision May 28, 2013: ES292/GG292 deleted; effective September 1, 2013.

  1. Senate Addition May 28, 2013: ES296 New course; effective September 1, 2013