Geography (GG/ES)
Department of Geography and Environmental Studies

The Department of Geography and Environmental Studies offers six different degrees in Physical and Human Geography, as well as a degree in Environmental Studies. Regardless of the individual degree pursued, all of our 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, an internationally recognized centre for arctic and mountain research, including northern and paleohydrology.

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.

Honours BA, Combined BA, BSc, Options, and Minor:

Department of Geography and Environmental Studies

Full-Time Faculty

GG 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, GESC494.

GESC Courses

Scroll down below the following GG courses for the complete listing of GESC courses:

Course Offerings
Course #TitleCredits
GG101 Introduction to Physical Geography 0.5
GG102 Introduction to Human Geography 0.5
GG201 North American Transborder Regions 0.5
GG231 Risks and Disasters: A Geographical Introduction 0.5
GG232 Landscapes of the Great Lakes Basin 0.5
GG250 Canada 0.5
GG255 Selected Thematic Geographical Studies 0.5
GG256 Selected Ontario Regions 0.5
GG260 Geographies of Consumption and the Global Economy 0.5
GG261 Geography of Energy 0.5
GG262 Travel Behaviour 0.5
GG263 Globalization 0.5
GG265 Experiencing the City 0.5
GG270 Cultural Geographies 0.5
GG271 Temporal Perspectives on the City 0.5
GG272 Sex, Death and the City: Population Geography 0.5
GG273 Geographies of Health and Disease 0.5
GG281 Atmosphere and Hydrosphere 0.5
GG282 Geomorphology and Soils 0.5
GG294 Geography of Tourism 0.5
GG300 Directed Studies in Geography 0.5
GG333 Field Surveying 0.5
GG335 Snow and the Environment 0.5
GG336 Coastal Processes and Landforms 0.5
GG350 Canadian Issues 0.5
GG351 Thematic Cartography and Geovisualization 0.5
GG352 A Selected World Region 0.5
GG353 Western Europe 0.5
GG354 The Canadian North 0.5
GG355 Remote Sensing for Geography and Environmental Studies 0.5
GG361 Spatial Analysis 0.5
GG363 Geographies of Labour and Migration in the Global Economy 0.5
GG365 Canadian Urban Spaces 0.5
GG366 Urban Spatial Analysis 0.5
GG367 Geographies of Human Development 0.5
GG368 Computer Applications in Geography 0.5
GG369 Geographical Information Systems 0.5
GG370 Geographies of Violence 0.5
GG373 Landscapes and Identities 0.5
GG376 Cultural Heritage Landscapes 0.5
GG380 Field and Lab Techniques 0.5
GG381 Hydrology 0.5
GG382 Fluvial Geomorphology 0.5
GG383 Sedimentation 0.5
GG384 Glacial Processes and Landforms 0.5
GG385 Natural Environments 0.5
GG386 Slope Processes 0.5
GG387 Catchment and Global Biogeochemistry 0.5
GG388 Introductory Physical Climatology 0.5
GG389 Climate Change 0.5
GG393 Geography of Recreation 0.5
GG394 Geography of Tourism Marketing 0.5
GG395 The World's Problem Environments 0.5
GG396 Natural Hazards 0.5
GG452 Development of Geographic Thought 0.5
GG453 Contemporary Approaches to Regional Geography 0.5
GG461 Seminar in Urban Geography 0.5
GG462 Models of Systems 0.5
GG463 Seminar in Global Economic Geography 0.5
GG464 Seminar in Travel Behaviour Analysis 0.5
GG468 Advanced Spatial Analysis 0.5
GG469 Advanced Geographical Information Systems 0.5
GG474 Seminar in Cultural Geography 0.5
GG480 Physical Geography Field Project 0.5
GG481 Seminar on Cold Regions 0.5
GG482 Hydrology of Cold Regions 0.5
GG484 Computational Geomorphology 0.5
GG486 Seminar on Coastal Environments 0.5
GG489 Paleoclimatology 0.5
GG495 Seminar in Tourism Research 0.5
GG499 Directed Studies in Geography 0.5
GESC251 Cartography 0.5
GESC254 Geographic Information and Analysis 0.5
GESC258 Geographical Research Methods 0.5
GESC290 Environmental Concepts and Approaches 0.5
GESC291 Development and the Environment 0.5
GESC297 Geography of Water Resources - Canada 0.5
GESC360 Research Methods and Thesis Preparation 0.5
GESC362 Global Food Systems 0.5
GESC391 Wildlife and Rural Land Resources Management 0.5
GESC397 World Water Environment and Development Issues 0.5
GESC398 Parks and Protected Areas 0.5
GESC399 Third Year Field Studies 0.5
GESC450 Thesis 1.0
GESC451 Field Studies 0.5
GESC465 Capstone Urban Sustainability Project 1.0
GESC493 Problems in Land Resources Management 0.5
GESC494 Northern Resources and Environments 0.5