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 multidisciplinary 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

Anne Smith

AAFC Remote Sensing Scientist and Adjunct Professor in Geography & Environment Honoured at Retirement

The Department of Geography & Environment and the Alberta Terrestrial Imaging Centre (ATIC) at the University of Lethbridge are honoured to congratulate long-serving Adjunct Professor Dr. Anne M. Smith on the occasion of her retirement from the Lethbridge Research and Development Centre of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

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.

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.

Shining graduate - Nelson Eze (BSc '21)

Nelson Eze (BSc '21) graduates this spring with his Bachelor of Science majoring in Geography. His co-op experience working as a field research technician for Ag-Quest gave Nelson insight into applying scientific principles …

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Congratulations to the Class of 2021 from the Faculty of Arts & Science

Congratulations to the class of 2021! We wish you all the best of luck in your future endeavours and can't wait to see what you do next. We are so proud of …

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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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