About the Program

Geography deals with some of the most exciting issues on Earth. It studies the interaction between human beings and the global environment and the resulting problems and opportunities.

We, as human beings, are an intrinsic part of the global ecosystem. We are a powerful part of nature and create imbalances that can have global influence. Geography is also concerned with spatial analysis: the distribution characteristics or network structures of a wide variety of physical and human features on the Earth's surface. It is from these concerns that Geographical Information Science (GIS) has emerged.

The Department of Geography at the University of Lethbridge is a leader in the field of Geospatial Technologies. The rapid developments in the fields of Geographical Information Science (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) have transformed the science of geography.  These complementary areas of study have become one of the most spectacular growth areas in research, teaching, and employment for graduates from our department. Our program offers students the opportunity to have concentrations (additional courses in a specialized area) in GIS and our university offers the only undergraduate degree in remote sensing (a combined degree with the department of Physics and Astronomy).

We host a GIS/remote sensing lab for teaching and student projects, as well as dedicated research and graduate student areas - all containing high-end computers. The Department has licenses for a wide range of industry standard geospatial software, including a site license for ArcGIS, MapInfo, Vertical Mapper, and image analysis Software (ENVI and PCI).”

Graduates from this discipline have gone on to work in such positions as: community developer, remote sensing analyst, cartography compiler, map curator, natural resources specialist, demographer, environmental clean-up consultant, geophysics assistant, hydrologist, and facilities planner.

Professional occupations in Geographical Information Science (GIS) are growing rapidly in Canada and around the world. There is an ever-increasing demand for skilled professionals with an advanced level of GIS education. Our GIS program is designed to provide both the specialized problem-solving skills and broad spatial modelling background that are required for decision support in fields as diverse in environmental management, urban planning, infrastructure design and marketing.

Geography majors graduating from The University of Lethbridge with a Concentration in GIS have career possibilities in a number of exciting and dynamic occupations in frims which specialize in marketing, environmental science, civil engineering consulting, forestry management, or energy transmission, to name only a few. As a U of L student you will have access to advanced technology and research expertise, and grain practical skills using state-of-the-art software.

Students will be involved in a combination of ineractive classroom learning and demonstrations, hands on GIS laboartory work, class projects and presentations, seminars, and advanced spatial analysis. Students will also develop the communication skills that are increasingly important to employers and will be provided the oportunity to participate in Co-Op Studies/Internships and career-oriented summer employment.