Geography literally means description of the Earth — its physical and human components and how they vary spatially. Geography studies the inter-relationships of climate, landforms, plants, animals and humans over the surface of the Earth.
Geographers are more than map-makers (though they are that, too). They are planners, researchers, environmentalists, educators and decision makers whose interests focus on some of society’s most pressing questions.
Geography at Memorial
We offer major, minor and honours programs leading to either a bachelor of arts (BA) or bachelor of science (B.Sc.) in geography. In addition, joint programs are offered in:
- computer science/geography (B.Sc. major and honours)
- Earth sciences/geography (B.Sc. honours)
We also offer a diploma in geographic information sciences (GISciences) that you can complete at the same time as your bachelor’s degree. In the GISciences diploma program, you gain valuable hands-on experience in cartography, remote sensing and geographic information systems.
Admission to the major for BA students
You may apply for admission into the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences by indicating bachelor of arts as your program choice on the undergraduate application for admission. Direct entry into the faculty is subject to your meeting the general admission requirements for Memorial University.
Admission to the major for B.Sc. students
If you're interested in completing geography as a science major, apply for admission into the Faculty Science by indicating bachelor of science as your program choice on the undergraduate application for admission. Direct entry into the faculty is subject to your meeting the general admission requirements for Memorial University.
To declare the geography major, you must complete 30 credit hours (10 courses), including the following:
- Geography 1050
- six credit hours in 2000-level geography courses
- six credit hours in critical reading & writing (CRW) courses, including at least three credit hours in English
- three credit hours in mathematics
Sample first year
Wondering what courses you would take in your first year? Check out a sample program of suggested courses for geography students.
Sample courses and degree map
Geography degree map for BA students
Degree maps are navigational tools, designed to help you make the right choices throughout your bachelor of arts degree. They cover information pertaining to your studies, provide study tips, career guidance, suggestions for involvement, advice on go abroad activities and on your well being.
There are many career options for geography graduates. Environmental analysis and assessment opportunities abound; locational analysis for commercial activity remains an important option; urban and regional planning continues to lure practitioners; and mapping and spatial data analyses have expanded with the wide-spread adoption of computer technologies. Teaching situations, at all levels, have been abundant as well. Geographers have long supplied their expertise to these areas, while recently adding new tools for executing these endeavours. Other options include:
- travel and tourism
- community research
- arctic investigations
- international development and policy
Note: some of these careers may call for supplementary education or preparation in the form of graduate studies, experiential learning or professional courses and exams.
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science
Fall, winter and spring semesters
Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to apply by
- March 1 for fall admission
- Oct. 1 for winter admission
- Feb. 1 for spring admission