Geography (BA)

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Program Details

The BA Geography program at Carleton focuses on human and environmental geography, exploring and analyzing a wide range of topics such as local food systems, urban poverty, cultural landscapes, adaptation to climate change and natural resource management. Learn and apply geographic approaches to explore climate change, environmental degradation, biodiversity loss, globalization, urban inequality, local food systems, colonialism and spatial (in)justice.

Specialized concentrations in Physical Geography and Urban Geography, or a Bachelor of Science in Physical Geography are also available.

Unparalleled Learning Opportunities and Resources

Our professors have extensive expertise in social, political and cultural geography; resource management and environmental assessment; and the study of physical processes of the Earth’s vegetation, climate, water and soil systems.

Carleton University’s MacOdrum Library houses extensive resource materials for geographers, including a collection of over 166,000 digital and paper maps.

Work Experience

Field courses, Co-op work placements, experiential learning and hands-on training in tools like geographic information systems (GIS) provide opportunities for you to gain practical skills and experience.

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Career Outcomes

Explore your passions, refine new skills and discover the career that’s right for you.

At the end of your degree, you will have developed a combination of skills that will make you highly employable. This program will enable you to analyze problems thoroughly, to use computers effectively, to tackle issues of varying complexity, to work productively in teams and to communicate professionally.

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Sample Courses

GEOG 1010 - Global Environmental Systems

Principles, processes and interactions in the Earth's environment emphasizing the flow of energy and matter within global systems. Atmospheric and oceanic processes, earth surface processes and biogeochemical cycling. Case studies on the interaction between human activity and the natural environment.

GEOG 3000 - Honours Field Course

Field research, with a focus on data collection methods, analysis and presentation of findings. Design and conduct research that links the human and biophysical environment. Topics may change from year to year.

Visit the Undergraduate Calendar to view a comprehensive list of course offerings for this program and discover the exciting things Carleton students are learning in the classroom!

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