Geography and Environment

If you are interested in the relationships between the environment and society and want to learn about landscapes and people, consider studying geography. Geography is about place and space. It studies the interdependence among regions, natural systems, physical features, society, and cultural activities. Using a “spatial” perspective, it aims to form a coherent understanding of Earth.

People with geography skills apply what they know successfully in a wide variety of fields. Our recent grads have embarked on careers in urban and regional land use planning, conservation and resource management, mapping, geographic information systems and remote sensing, parks and recreation, teaching and research.

Students have an opportunity to gain hands-on experience through a practicum course, with applied academic training in geography to a project on or off campus. Others work closely with faculty to pursue their interests in a specific field of geography in a Directed Studies or Undergraduate Thesis course.

Centre for Geomatics

The department hosts the Centre for Geomatics, which is a dedicated computer lab with facilities for geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing and cartography. Practical training in this field significantly increases your employment marketability upon graduation.

John Langton Tyman Map Library

The John Langton Tyman Geography Reading Room houses a collection of atlases and topographic maps of Manitoba and Canada, as well as maps from around the world.  Now located on the main floor of the John E. Robbins Library, it is a National Map Depository.

Co-operative Education degree designation

Brandon University offers a Co-operative Education Program, in which students majoring in Geography may enroll. Click here to learn more about opportunities and program requirements related to the CO-OP program.

Interdisciplinary Master of Science in Environmental & Life Sciences

Brandon University is offering a graduate degree in Interdisciplinary Master of Science in Environmental and Life Sciences (MELS) program.  The department of Geography and Environment is one of the ‘core’ departments, along with Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science and Geology.  Click here to learn more about MELS.

Department Notices

Additional Course Offering for this Fall Term Geography of Water Resources (38:292) will be taught by Dr. Pete Whittington on Wednesday evenings starting in September 2020. Please see the updated BU Registration Guide for further details.

BU Registration is open for 2020-2021 – The Department of Geography and Environment encourages new and returning students to register for Fall & Winter courses.  The department is working on plans for our Fall 2020 course offerings and will share updates with currently registered students as soon as we are able to.

Please refer to the University’s coronavirus response for current campus-wide information at