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

Sessional Instructor job posting –  Winter term – The Department of Geography and Environment is seeking a qualified sessional instructor to teach Urban Geography (38:381) in the upcoming Winter term.  Please see the job posting for details (link provided here).

Information Session for Puerto Vallarta Field Course – On Tuesday, November 2nd at 12:40 PM in room BB 3-47, all interested students are invited to an INFORMATION SESSION about 38:358 Field Studies in Geography, a BU Geography & Environment course to be held in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, during the Spring 2022 term.  See poster for details.

PCAG Conference – On September 24 & 25, the Department of Geography and Environment hosted this year’s meeting of the Prairie Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers (PCAG). It was held as a virtual conference. For more details: