Welcome to the Geography Department at Nipissing University
We offer the following degree options
- Geography (Bachelor of Arts BA)
- Environment and Physical Geography (Bachelor of Science BSc)
- Environmental Geography (Bachelor of Arts BA)
- Minor in Geography
Geography is the interdisciplinary study of our world, its physical characteristics like water, landforms, vegetation and climate as well as the relationships between people and the environment. You can choose between one of our three Geography degree options. The Bachelor of Arts in Geography provides a solid foundation in physical and human geography with a focus on the cultural, economic, political, and social influences. The Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Geography concentrates on the causes and effects of various environmental issues. The Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Physical Geography focuses on geography as an earth science and integrates mathematics, biology, geology, chemistry, and physics with geography-specific courses.
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Geography
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Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Environment and Physical Geography
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Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Environmental Geography
Certificate in Environmental Management
Honours geography students can pursue a Certificate in Environmental Management in addition to their degree. The certificate provides students with a strong background in the basic premises, theories and practices associated with environmental management. It also provides students with an insight into the ways in which management can be employed to mitigate a wide range of environmental problems.
Certificate in Geomatics
Honours geography students can pursue a Certificate in Geomatics in addition to their degree. The certificate provides students with a strong background in several areas of geomatics including Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing, spatial computing, surveying and mapping, and global positioning systems.
Certificates available to all Nipissing students
- Alcan Field Station
- North Bay Rotary Club Wet Lab
- Nipissing Earth Observation Laboratory
- Watershed Hydrology Laboratory
- Water Policy Analysis Lab
- Geomatics Laboratory
- Campus Trail System
Nipissing University's Department of Geography, in partnership with the Northeastern Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (NEOSCIA), has set up three weather stations in north eastern Ontario to monitor weather conditions for local farmers and students. The weather stations are currently located in Verner, Temiskaming Shores (New Liskeard), and Sturgeon Falls.
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“I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand.” Confucius
Experiential learning is an effective medium that enhances and reinforces classroom learning. In addition, skills and competencies in the areas of communication, teamwork, analysis, work ethic, and problem solving are all learning outcomes that assist with finding the right career path for you.
Third and fourth year Arts and Science Students will be interested in our 3 credit course, UNIV 3006 Experiential Learning for Arts and Science Students. Within this course, academic assignments and at least 60 hours of placement in the community within a field that is related to your course of study is offered.
The Nipissing Promise
Students enrolled in the Nipissing University Promise program will be invited to return to Nipissing, tuition free, for up to 30 additional credits if six months after completing their four-year undergraduate degree program with a 70 percent average and all required elements of the program, they have not secured career-related employment.
For more information please visit The Nipissing Promise.
Leadership and Community Engagement
If you are eager to get involved beyond the classroom, take part in the annual Undergraduate Research Conference, which gives you the opportunity to present your work to peers, professors, and family members. You may also have opportunity to work as a Research Assistant to help a professor conduct research and gain valuable experience at the same time.
Involvement and experiential learning lead to more personal and academic success by connecting classroom learning to real world experience. Volunteer on your campus and within the community and be officially recognized for all that you do. The Record of Student Development (RSD) documents that you have completed a series of involvement outcomes that all employers are looking for. Achieving all the competencies associated with the RSD will help you communicate the depth of your experiences as you apply to career opportunities.
Employers are looking for people with the following proven abilities:
- Analytical Skills
- Communication skills
- Problem-Solving skills
- Strong Work Ethic
To register and see the full list of RSD competencies visit www.nipissingu.ca/rsd
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When I first started thinking about university I had planned on studying geography at a much larger university because I thought it would be a better fit for me. After visiting the Nipissing campus, I knew I was wrong. The small class sizes coupled with the highly qualified and helpful professors has made my choice to attend Nipissing University the best decision I have ever made.Alyssa Stewart Geography/BEd, 2016
The most amazing characteristic of attending a post-secondary institution is that it opens many doors and provides opportunities that you never expect to receive. One of the most life-changing opportunities the Geography Department provided me was the chance to work as a research assistant during the summer. I was lucky enough to gain 3 years of in situ research experience in collaboration with many profs, master and undergraduate students as well as Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC). After completing my undergraduate degree and using the data I collected during the agricultural summer project I worked on, I decided to expand my knowledge in remote sensing applications, write and complete my thesis in the Master of Environmental Science Program.Stephanie Rhude Environmental Geography, 2015
As a large and diverse area of study, your career choices with a Geography degree are vast. You might eventually pursue work as an oceanographer, pollution control inspector, paleontologist, water inspector, meteorologist, urban and land use planner, seismologist, or mapping technologist…just to name a few! Our students have also gone on to very successful careers with government agencies and private businesses as conservation officers, geomatic technicians, land use planners, policy advisors, and researchers.
Many students decide to continue onto graduate-level Masters and Doctorate degrees, while others enter professional schools like law and teaching. The sky’s the limit!
Nipissing University’s MES/MESc program offers students degrees in either Master of Environmental Studies or Master of Environmental Sciences. Both programs offer the training and development of graduates capable of contributing to the study of the environment and environmental issues and to the environmental problem solving of the future.
Career and Academic Options
- Graduate Studies
- Professional School (Education, Law, MBA)
- Careers in natural resources, hydrology, urban planning, environmental consulting, climatology, geomatics, and transportation planning