Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Degree options: BA honours or major; Any degree, minor
Other degree options in the field of geography and environment at Mount Allison:
- BA environmental studies (honours, major, minor)
- BSc environmental science (honours, major, minor)
- Any degree, geographic information systems (minor)
The Mount Allison geography program explores courses in both human and physical geography, and is designed for students interested in the study of social sciences at various spatial and temporal scales.
Geography will often take you outside the classroom to learn through lab work, field study, and library and archival searching. Field trips to locations across the Maritime region and throughout North America have become an increasingly important part of this program.
You are also encouraged to become actively involved in research, either through independent summer research projects or as a research assistant to a faculty member.
Find a list of specific geography courses in the academic calendar – geography and environment.
Popular career paths for geography graduates include:
- GIS specialist
- public policy analyst
- urban recreation/transportation planner
- urban/regional planner
- community development specialist
- municipal adviser
- resource management specialist
- environmental consultant/planner
- international development worker
- environmental law specialist
- international development worker
When Tammy Wilson came to Mount Allison she had her sights set on studying geography and becoming a teacher. Through a scholarship from CMHC in the Rural and Small Town Studies Program, she was introduced to community planning — and that changed her path.
“I love geography because I feel it gives me a variety of lenses and
tools to look at the world. The program is set up in a way that provides
you with a broad framework of basic knowledge, but then lets you
examine and investigate the particular details of whatever it is you are
interested in. I love the way that almost everything can be related
back to geography, from the food you eat to the trees in your backyard.
It’s not just about maps — it’s about climate change, conflicts,
culture, and communities, things that are relevant and meaningful.”
Cecilia Jennings ('14)
Honors geography, major in English
St. Eugene, ON
“The geography program at Mount Allison provides great opportunities to work with a variety of disciplines and pursue many interests while thinking spatially and critically about a wide range of ideas. I loved that this program allowed me to incorporate my women’s and gender studies minor into my major, to gain practical skills like GIS, and to work closely with professors and other students on in-depth research projects.”
Amelia Moore (‘19)
Geography, minors in French and women’s and gender studies
Salmon Arm, BC
“When you come to Mount Allison for a liberal arts degree, it is so
that you can leave a more well-rounded and engaged person. The geography
program really gives you the tools to think critically about the world
around you as well as opportunities to see the principles you are
learning about taking place in the real world. That is where connections
between your studies start to be made and real learning happens!”
Emily Hogan ('13)
Honours geography, minor in chemistry
North Vancouver, BC
Centre for Environmental Innovation – set to open in Fall 2018, this world-class facility for environmental science will consolidate research for 15 scientists whose work focuses on environmental and life sciences, and will provide high quality, hands-on educational and research experience to our students.
Geographic information systems (GIS) computing lab – provides a teaching lab and research space for faculty and students. It supports a range of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software used by researchers and industry.
Lab research opportunities
The Department of Geography and Environment is connected to a number of labs that offer students unique opportunities for research and learning, including the:
Geospatial Modelling Lab – facilitates spatial analysis and modelling that can be applied to assist environmental monitoring, mapping and conservation planning. Students have the opportunity to work in this lab as research assistants, particularly those minoring in GIS.
Dr. Michael Fox
Professor, geography and environment
Research interests: place-based and experiential learning, geography and environment education, university-community relations, and community-based planning issues.