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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

About the Bachelor of Arts in Geography

In our Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Geography program, you’ll focus on the area of human geography and investigate issues of the social and natural sciences. You’ll learn to think critically about complex issues in areas such as urban planning, travel, health and food systems.

You discover cultural and social dimensions of how we use the world, issues of population change and mobility, and how human behaviour affects the environment. You’ll explore processes of urbanization, transportation and energy use, trends in human developments and sustainability, and patterns of migration.

The BA in Geography degree is chosen as an Arts major at the end of first year. The program introduces you to all the main aspects of geography in your first and second years, so that in your third and fourth years you'll have the flexibility to specialize in your area of interest and develop advanced skills in research methods and techniques.

Geography is also available as a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree, which focuses on the field of physical geography and understanding how processes in the natural environment function, such as the changing surface of the earth, weather and climate, or the distribution of water on our planet.

Learn Practical Technologies

Our program offers you the opportunity to explore the methods and techniques used to understand geographic patterns through technologies, such as:

  • Global Positioning Systems (GPS);
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) data gathering;
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS); and
  • spatial analyses and remote sensing.

Understanding these technologies equips you with highly desired practical skills relevant to both private- and public-sector employers.

Apply Your Learning to a Community Project

The Faculty of Arts' Capstone Urban Sustainability Project (CUSP) is the perfect fit for students in the BA in Geography program looking to engage with the community – all while earning a course credit.

In CUSP, you'll undertake a yearlong consultation with our community partner, the City of Cambridge. Collaborating with other Arts students in your consulting team, you'll seek to resolve an aspect of urban planning and development with a solution grounded in principles of sustainability and professional practice. Your team will bring together skills in project management, written communication, graphic design, mapping, public speaking, research analysis, and community engagement.

"More and more people are moving to larger cities. Infrastructure, transportation, buildings — everything needs to be renewed and the Urban Studies capstone seminar really helps you have that great insight into what might work best for a certain area. It’s this huge project that you work on all term. It prepares you for real life. It prepares you for the job market."

– Lucas Pisciuneri, alumnus


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