In the news: New app to map fires

UVic Geography alumni Patrick Robinson will be keeping his smartphone close this summer while he parachutes into BC's remote backcountry to fight fires. During a co-op work term with GeoBC, he developed a new mapping app to help make the work of "smoke jumpers" more efficient & potentially safer. Photo: Russ Hepburn

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Undergraduate studies

Study what you're passionate about and make a difference in the world around you with our flexible programs—out in the community, on campus, in the field or in the lab. Geography bridges the gap between science and humanities, integrating fields like economics, ecology, political studies, urban design, resource management, human health, and climatology.


Graduate studies

Our graduate program engages with the community through place-based, experiential research. MSc student Becky Segal works with Arctic communities to identify sea ice conditions that impact on-ice travel safety, then translates satellite remote sensing datasets to maps and image products that help northerners plan livelihood activities.


Field experience

With field schools and lots of opportunities for hands-on learning, you'll never get stuck at your desk. Geography field study courses foster experiential learning and other ways of knowing, both locally and around the globe. Photo: Measuring a salmon smolt, Indigenous Knowledge Field School 2019, Kear Porttris

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Geography co-op student of the year

Congratulations to Noah Snell, this year's Geography Co-op Student of the Year! Noah worked as a Human Resources Assistant with the Canadian Red Cross. As part of his co-op, he travelled to Grand Forks to assist with the emergency response to catastrophic floods. Click the button to learn more about exciting co-op placement opportunities.

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Research that makes an impact

Dr. Maycira Costa and her research team have created the first historical digital map of BC’s coastal kelp forests to investigate the loss of kelp. The new reference map will help address questions related to the habitats of salmon, herring, and many other species that rely on kelp for protection and food. Photo: Vancouver Island bull kelp, Nick Norman


Understanding people and their environment

Geography is an integrative, environmental discipline that at its core asks how we impact, and are impacted by, the natural world. As an interdisciplinary field, we view problems from multiple perspectives, including physical science, social science and humanities approaches.

We're proud to be a community where disciplines intersect, generating unique insights in one of the most extraordinary environments world-wide.

Our students gain the specific set of tools needed to integrate information from the human and natural perspectives to solve new and complex challenges as they emerge, in the environment and in the world around us.

Want to understand how human-environment interactions impact the world? Looking for hands-on learning opportunities that bring theory to life? Find your edge in UVic's Department of Geography! 

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