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Physical Geographers study the natural environment as a product of the interaction of the atmosphere, the hydrosphere (water in all its forms), the biosphere (all living things), the lithosphere (the solid earth) and human activity. Physical Geography is the science of the natural environment at all scales, from the smallest grain of sand to the entire planet. In the Physical Geography BSc program, you can choose from a range of courses that cover topics such as climate change, water resources and land degradation. Both fieldwork and laboratory techniques are emphasized.

Physical Geography at Carleton is also offered as a concentration in the BA Honours program.

Field courses, work placements, co-op and a concentration in Physical Geography are available to Honours students. In the Bachelor of Arts, Honours, Combined Honours and General programs in Geography are offered. Geomatics is also offered in both the BA and BSc programs. Minors in Geography, Physical Geography and Geomatics are also available.

What students are saying about Physical Geography


A highlight of my time at Carleton was my experience working as a research assistant to two of my professors in Gatineau Park. Getting my hands dirty in the field was an awesome way to apply skills and knowledge I gained in class to practical applications of the study of Geography. In addition, the lab component of many classes provided my classmates and me with a hands-on learning approach to better understand topics discussed in lecture. I am confident that the skills and knowledge I have gained at Carleton have provided me with experience that can be transferred to a variety of fields upon graduation.
Samantha Mahon, (BSc) Geography student