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Geography is a discipline that integrates the natural and social sciences; it explains how human and environmental systems function and interact.

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Full-time: 3 years / 4 years
Starting in: January, September
Tuition Fee: 18,360 CAD per year
Location: Winnipeg Campus, Winnipeg, Canada

The University of Winnipeg Geography program is divided into four areas of study:

  • Physical Geography examines components of the natural environment including landforms, weather and climate, soils and vegetative systems, and their impacts on humans.
  • Human Geography focuses on variations in the “human landscape” around the world–its agricultural systems, cities, industries, cultural expressions, and the particular problems faced by different societies.
  • Regional Geography combines both the physical and human features within specific areas of the world and provides a comprehensive understanding of the area in question.
  • Geomatics courses develop skills in cartography, map reading, interpretation of satellite images, and— using the department’s computer labs—computer mapping, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), satellite image analysis, and statistical data analysis.

Career Possibilities

Those who specialize in human or regional geography find employment related to planning (city, rural, or regional), policy development, market assessment, location of business and industry, international development, and tourism.

Physical geographers work in natural resource assessment and management, agricultural development, soil and resource conservation, hydrology, and the atmospheric and geological sciences.

Those who focus on geomatics find jobs related to cartography, remote sensing, and in particular, applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

If you’re interested in becoming a teacher, Geography can be used as a teachable major or minor in the Education Program. Postgraduate training in geography can lead to teaching opportunities at colleges and universities, or to research positions in government or industry.

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