Discover Geography, Environment & Geomatics @ Guelph

Who are we?

Established in 1966, the Department of Geography at the University of Guelph serves as a hub for research and teaching on human-environment geography, environmental geoscience, and geomatics. Our community includes nineteen full-time faculty who are acclaimed researchers and award-winning teachers, numerous sessional faculty committed to high quality instruction, seven dedicated staff who provide outstanding administrative and technical support, approximately 70 graduate students and 500 undergraduate majors. Collectively we strive to explore and address major social and environmental issues facing our global community.

What do we offer?

We offer four undergraduate majors including BA Geography, BA Environmental Governance, BSc Environmental Geomatics, and BSc (Env) Environment and Resource Management. We also offer two minors (in Geography, in GIS), area of emphasis in International Development Studies, and area of concentration in the BA program.  Undergraduate course offerings in Geography span social and natural sciences, as well as techniques, and are taken by over 6500 students per year.

We offer numerous graduate degrees including Masters of Arts in Geography, Masters of Science in Geography, PhD in Geography, and collaborative degrees with International Development Studies at both levels. Our yearly intake ranges from 20 to 30 students who pursue their studies through a combination of coursework, research training by faculty, and self-directed learning.

What career options can a degree from Geography @Guelph offer you?

Word cloud of possible jobs for geographersGeography @Guelph equips you with knowledge on human-environmental relations and skills related to qualitative, quantitative and spatial analyses. We offer hands-on opportunities to apply geographic knowledge and skills to real world scenarios with policy and community actors and through a global perspective. We span natural and social sciences, as well as theoretical and applied realms, which encourages interdisciplinarity and integration. Geography @Guelph also teaches transferable skills that all employers seek: communication, timeliness, problem-solving, reflexivity, working independently and with others, and leadership.

Our Geography undergraduate and graduate students have secured employment in the private, public or civil society sectors while many have continued with their studies and go on to tenure-track jobs. Positions tend to be wide-ranging so here are a few examples of our successful graduates

Check out Careers in Geography at the  Canadian Association of Geographers and Association of American Geographers to see job options with a geography degree. Also check out career options via Recruit Guelph.