Environment and Geography

In 1961, the Department of Geography was founded and began offering a B.A. degree in Geography. In 2001, recognizing the importance of environmental issues, the department name changed to “Environmental Studies and Geography” and offered concentrations in both Environmental Studies and in Geography.

In 2017, the departmental name changed again to “Environment and Geography” and currently offers a B.A. (Geography), a B.A. (Environmental Studies) and a B.Sc. (Environmental Science).

In 2019, we started offering a minor and certificate in “Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems”, and in 2021, we added a Bachelor of Arts with Dual Specialization in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (120 credits).

With its major focus on human-environment interaction, our degrees analyze the distribution and interrelationships of physical and human phenomena on the earth, combines subject matter and methodologies from both the natural and social sciences.

Since its founding, the academic mission of our department has been to provide to undergraduate students a solid grounding in the study of people and the environment. This focus has been consistent with Bishop’s University’s overall commitment to undergraduate programmes providing a liberal arts and science education.

The Department of Environment and Geography strives toward the following:

  • Interactive learning and community involvement
  • Low student to faculty ratio and small class sizes
  • Student-faculty collaborative research
  • High-profile faculty research
  • Student preparation for graduate programs

Why study Environment and Geography at Bishop’s?

In addition to this commitment, which has characterized the course offerings of the Department in the past, a second focal point in the Department’s approach to teaching has been the incorporation of as much of a field component as possible into the frameworks of many of our courses. Proximity to a borough of 5,000 people (Lennoxville) and a Census Metropolitan Area of 166,000 people (Sherbrooke) provides much scope for practical projects. At the same time the glacial features of the surrounding Appalachian region, the history of settlement and resource development, and a significant river and drainage basin, each provide a ready field laboratory for the physical and environmental aspects of the programme.

While we offer three majors (Geography, Environmental Studies, and Environmental Science), there are several courses which are core to all degrees. Students entering the Department of Environment and Geography at Bishop’s should be prepared to understand both human and physical aspects of the environment, while also focusing on a specific orientation in either Geography, Environmental Studies or Environmental Science. You should also be prepared to do original work in the field, ask and answer basic questions about the environment and our impact upon it. Finally, you should be prepared to become a full, active member of a small, personalized Department.

Did you know?

The Department is associated with the Master’s of Environment programme at the University of Sherbrooke. Students interested in this programme may access it through the provided link: www.usherbrooke.ca/environnement.

Courses & Programs

Where can this lead me?

A degree in one of our three majors often leads to degrees in higher education, including an M.A., M.Sc. and/or Ph.D. It is also a sound basis for a career in:

  • environmental consulting
  • environment industry and private sector (including oil, gas and chemical companies, etc.)
  • government services
  • non-governmental organizations
  • teaching
  • journalism
  • law and/or politics

Former graduates have been very successful in attaining admission to graduate schools, and obtaining employment in various occupational fields related to the environment, including alternative energy sources and technologies, aquaculture, hazardous materials monitoring and control, weather forecasting, water resources management, climate change mitigation and adaptation fields.

What type of career can you get with a degree from the department of Environment and Geography?