Geography

Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Bachelor of Science (BSc)

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What you will learn in this program

Geography scholars ask questions such as: Who participates in Mexico City’s informal economy? How do logging operations impact aquatic ecosystems? Does urban sprawl increase homelessness?

Geography is an integrative discipline that explores the earth as a whole system. Geographers focus on places and spaces to understand the interrelated elements associated with environmental, economic, political, and cultural change, and to propose solutions to problems in these areas. During the course of your studies, you will develop skills in research, geospatial methods, logical and abstract reasoning, as well as in-depth knowledge of the different regions and cultures that make up our global community. 

Career opportunities

​As a geography graduate, you will be prepared for career opportunities in public service, the non-profit sector, or the business world. A degree in geography can also be used as a stepping-stone to graduate studies or another professional degree such as architecture, law, medicine, veterinary medicine, or education.

Courses you'll take:

Geography of World Affairs, Introduction to Cities, Introduction to Geospatial Methods, The Human Environment, ​The Physical Environment

Admission requirements and information

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Program Highlights

Program enhancements

Arts and Science Honours Academy (ASHA) - A six-course interdisciplinary program with a second language aspect and travel components.

Work experience

Co-operative work placement - Gain valuable full-time paid work experience that alternates with your academic studies.

Program enhancements

Honours Degree - In-depth study of a specific topic completed under the supervision of a faculty member.

Hands-on opportunities

Field school - Discipline-specific classes taken in real-world settings, and involving hands-on course work.

With expertise and experience in satellite imagery, museum outreach, parks interpretation and running a farm, Professor Myrka Hall-Beyer notices things. “Geography teaches how to pay attention to things and to be open to stuff you might not have noticed before. My aim is to prepare students to deal effectively and ethically with anything a geographer might meet; to learn how where matters - from the shape of the land surface, to health services planning, and everything in between.”  

Myrka Hall-Beyer, PhD — Associate Professor

Did you know? You can earn two degrees in five years. Learn more about combined degree program options.

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Geography offers a huge field of study. The program offers hands-on opportunities, field courses and small classes. A standout experience for me was doing NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) research with professors. The quality of instruction and experience is very high — this is a great program to thrive in. It also allows you a broad spectrum of subjects to find your interests, which you can then pursue as you desire. 

Taylor Mckeeman, geography student

Join our community in fall 2018

We'll be accepting applications to attend the University of Calgary in fall 2018 starting on Sunday, October 1, 2017. You'll be able to submit an application until Thursday, March 1, 2018. Check out our student experience page to find out more about what life is like on campus or consider visiting campus for a tour led by one of our current students.

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Inspired by her undergraduate experience, alumna Jill Rajewicz, BSc'13 is now doing her master’s degree at Carleton University on the mechanisms of ice shelf break up in the Canadian Arctic. “At UCalgary, I had many amazing opportunities to do field research in the Northwest Passage, with summers aboard the CCGS Amundsen, Canada’s research vessel. It was exciting to be taught by people doing important research. I felt there were many people who took in an interest in me and in my goals, who worked to challenge and inspire me.”

Arctic research charts Rajewicz's course for the future

Faculty Information

Faculty of Arts
Arts Students' Centre, Social Sciences Building, Room 102
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4
403.220.3580