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

Dr. Alex Johnston Lecture Series

The Dr. Alex Johnston Lecture Series in co-operation with The University of Lethbridge, the Lethbridge Historical Society and the Lethbridge Public Library, presents this years' public talk "Paying it Backward: The Places and Individuals that Populate Black History in the Canadian West," presented by guest speaker, Cheryl Foggo.

Thursday, November 19, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. (MST)
Galt Museum, 502 1 St S, Lethbridge, Alberta
Everyone Welcome • Free Admission

If you are unable to attend in person, this event will also be Livestreamed and you can join us at:

Summer 2021 Field School

Students from the University of Lethbridge’s archaeology and geography program spent the summer at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump during an archaeological field school.

U of L Archaeological field school at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, Summer 2021

Video: Michael Wivell, Square Sheep Films

Tree burned by wildfire

Kenow Wildfire study shows burning soil biomass led to significant carbon dioxide release to atmosphere

Approaching the four-year anniversary of the Kenow Wildfire in Waterton Lakes National Park, a new study by University of Lethbridge undergraduate student Sam Gerrand sheds light on how much carbon dioxide was released into the atmosphere from the event and how this data may be utilized going forward.  Gerrand, who’s finishing his fourth year of study in geography, recently had his paper, Partitioning losses from fire combustion in a montane valley, Alberta Canada, published in the Forest Ecology and Management journal.

Vice-president research, Research and Innovation Services, Dr. Dena McMartin

"The quality of research being done here is exceptional and I’m honoured to be able to talk about and celebrate the discoveries, innovations, creativity and scholarship that our students, faculty and staff …

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Professor Laura Chasmer

Dr. Laura Chasmer's research looks into the implications of peatland change and fire on ecosystem function, and how these impact communities, policy, and management.

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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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Career Bridge: Centre for Work-Integrated Learning and Career Development

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Put Your Knowledge to Work 

Whether you’re looking for a more in-depth learning experience by assisting with research projects on campus or by testing your knowledge in a real-life work setting, we can help! The University of Lethbridge is proud to offer you an exceptional opportunity to explore professional development through academic programs and services designed to give you a competitive edge in a fast-changing world.

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