Department of Geography & Environment


Welcome to the Department of Geography & Environment

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. The Department of Geography & Environment at the University of Lethbridge offers a unique multidisciplinary experience by combining the fields of archaeology, environmental science, and geography into one department.

Students have the opportunity to study in areas such as: archaeology, environmental science, human geography, physical geography, remote sensing, and urban & regional studies. We also offer a concentration in geographical information science (GIS), and combined or multidiciplinary degrees. Click on the icons above for more information about our programs.

Indigenization Statement

We acknowledge that we live and work in Treaty 7, the traditional territory of the Niitsitapi, and in Métis Region 3. 

We also acknowledge the role that geographical disciplines and their practitioners have played and continue to play in the dispossession and genocide of Indigenous peoples, here and around the world.   With this awareness, we strive to increase our understanding and inclusion of Indigenous ways of knowing and their contributions in our departmental practices. Our department is committed to an equitable, diverse and inclusive future.

Department Highlights

Ben Dosu

PhD student Ben Dosu investigates drinking water security in rural Ghana

My current research entitled, Drinking Water Security in Rural Ghana: The Implications of Community Experiences for Policy, seeks to contribute to the debate on water security by assessing how the concept is considered, articulated, and operationalized within the context of rural areas. Drawing on a conceptual framework that involves a plethora of socio-cultural, economic, political, and environmental dimensions, this cross-sectional study assesses how the absence or a dysfunction of any of these dimensions constitutes water insecurity and its effects on the rural population. I assess rural water security using the experiences of households, including marginalized populations such as women, girls, and people with physical disabilities. The labour-intensive nature of water collection in rural Ghana and its unequal retrieval, use, and management at home between sexes, exacerbate the vulnerability of women, girls, and PWDs, and increase their marginalization.

Introductory GIS with QGIS

July 12 - 16, 2021

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.

This one-week course will focus on introducing participants to the Quantum GIS (QGIS) platform. QGIS is a free and open-source cross-platform desktop geographic information system (GIS) application. Focus for the course will start with data structures, data collection, and fundamental GIS functions. Laboratory work will involve techniques used to analyze spatial data in GIS software.

From Lethbridge to Zurich

Drs. Dylan Johnson (BA ’10) and Matthew Pawlak (BA ’14) never met when they were undergraduates attending the University of Lethbridge. But now, thanks to Dr. Kevin McGeough (BA '96), they’ve connected halfway around the world at the University of Zurich in Switzerland. When McGeough learned they were both at the University of Zurich, he made a virtual introduction. As it turns out, they’re both doing postdoctoral research in the same department, the Theologische Fakultät, but hadn’t met in person due to COVID restrictions.

Global Citizenship Cohort - Natalia Vanzo Jais

Second-year archaeology and geography student Natalia Vanzo Jais hails from Florianópolis, Brazil. She chose the University of Lethbridge because it was the only institution where she could study archaeology and geography in …

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Chloe Fraser (BA '20) has an Attitude of Gratitude

"Yes, the pandemic has changed things, working from home and communicating, but we have to keep moving grain and feeding the world." Chloe has never shied away from a challenge. She is a hard …

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Global Citizenship Cohort - Emma Marnik

First-year student Emma Marnik chose the University of Lethbridge because of the reputation of the environmental science program. Moving to Lethbridge, all the way from Whitehorse in the Yukon was a big and …

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