Archaeology and Geography

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  • Bachelor of Science


  • Lethbridge


Fall & Spring

Program description

Archeology and geography explore past human cultures and societies through the analysis of material remains. It is the interpretation of these artifacts that help us understand our past, allowing us to learn more about ourselves today.

Learn various aspects of archaeological interpretation and have the opportunity to put them into practice in the field and in the laboratory. Combine the theoretical and methodological approaches of the discipline to give you a balanced and in-depth look at the subject.

You will expand your understanding of areas such as: anthropology, languages, human geography, physical geography, GIS and remote sensing. These courses and others will prepare you for the multidisciplinary nature of archaeology & geography.

The location of the University of Lethbridge offers an excellent centre for field-based research and teaching as it is situated in the coulees of the Oldman River, in close proximity to the Rocky Mountains, surrounded by rangelands and areas of intense agricultural activity within a few hours of large urban centers.

The department also hosts a rock and fossil collection, an aerial photograph collection, soil laboratory equipment and a teaching map collection.

Geographical information systems | Archaeology & geography majors are encouraged to build on their knowledge with more advanced research methods in geographical information systems (GIS). A notable area of strength at uLethbridge, GIS has become a growth area in research, teaching and employment for our graduates. These courses also benefit the study of archaeology & geography.

The department hosts a GIS/remote-sensing lab for teaching and student projects, as well as dedicated research and graduate student areas, all containing high-end computers and the latest hardware and software.

Student clubs and activities | The archaeology & geography student clubs organize many activities throughout the year. Joining these clubs is a great way to meet other students with similar interests and have some extracurricular fun!

Concentrations (Optional) | Students in the BA and BSc in archaeology & geography degree programs may declare a concentration in geographical information science.

Minors | Adding a minor to your degree is a great way to explore academic interests beyond your major. A minor is a set of courses comprising a secondary focus of interest. It is generally not related to your major. A minor may be required or optional. Pursue a second passion by adding a minor to your degree.

Honours thesis | If your GPA is high enough in your fourth year, you can opt to complete an undergraduate thesis course. This is an excellent opportunity for you to earn an “Honours Thesis” designation on your degree.

Experience learning | Our students have a number of experiential learning opportunities available to them including co-operative education, international exchanges, independent and applied studies as well as volunteer opportunities. uLethbridge is the only university in Alberta to offer co-operative education to all majors in the arts & sciences, at both the undergrad and grad levels. Transfer students can actually head out on their first work term before ever stepping foot on campus! For example, many transfer students have completed a summer work term before starting classes in September.

Skills acquired | In addition to developing exceptional written and oral communication skills in this program, you’ll also develop strong critical and analytical thinking skills, advanced information acquisition and management skills, as well as precise attention to detail. All of these abilities are highly sought after in the business world and can be applied to practically any scenario.

Learn more about archaeology & geography at uLethbridge at /archaeology

Possible careers

  • Archaeological Assessment Consultant
  • Conservator
  • Exhibit Director
  • Field Archaeologist
  • Historic Resource Management
  • Cultural Resource Management
  • Museum Curator
  • Museum Technician
  • Parks or Historic Sites Interpreter

Professional disciplines & graduate studies | Your undergraduate degree in archaeology & geography provides an excellent foundation for law, journalism and education. The University of Lethbridge’s School of Graduate Studies offers programs, at the master's and doctoral levels in more than 60 disciplines — so why not consider pursuing grad school right here in Lethbridge! Whether you choose to do your advanced studies at uLethbridge or another institution, know that your undergraduate degree has set you on the path to post-graduate success.

Admission requirements


​For admission, Canadian high school students in Alberta must have completed five of the following courses with a minimum 65% average across them:

This course
  • English Language Arts 30-1
Three of these courses
  • Aboriginal Studies 30
  • Art 30 or Art 31
  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30
  • Choral Music 30, General Music 30, or Instrumental Music 30
  • Dance 35
  • Drama 30
  • Mathematics 30-1 or Mathematics 30-2
  • Mathematics 31
  • Physics 30
  • Science 30
  • Social Studies 30-1
  • Five credits in Advanced-level CTS Computer Science (CSE)
  • One or more distinct languages at the 30 level
One additional
  • That has not already been used
  • May be from the list above
  • Must be at the 30 level
  • Must be worth at least five credits (multiple courses worth a total of five or more credits can be used)
  • Cannot be a Special Project


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My time at the University of Lethbridge has been an amazing experience. There are so many opportunities to learn about archaeology, including field schools, independent studies, etc. Although it can be a heavy program to study, the knowledge gained in both inside and outside the classroom is valuable. My love and passion for archaeology just keeps growing!
- Citlalmina, Archeology & Geography (Co-op)

Sample classes

Sample classes list:

  • Old World Archaeology
  • Archaeological Field Work (Series)
  • Geoarchaeology and Landscape Analysis
  • Archaeological Materials Analysis
  • Geomorphology
  • Geographical Data & Analysis
  • Introduction to Geographical Information Science