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Our Geography, Geology and Land Stewardship Program

This program is ideal for students interested in geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, climate change, environmental sustainability, research, and urban and regional development.

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Our program is divided into four major thematic areas: physical geography, human geography, human-environmental geography, and geomatics. Students can study up to two of these areas to further enhance the quality of their degree:

  1. Physical geography explores the ever-changing surface of the earth and the physical processes that cause these changes. Students will develop the ability to identify critical processes in landscape form and structure, earth-building and the formation of rocks, weathering and mass movement, coastal/shoreline environments, and much more.
  2. Human geography examines the relationship people have with the earth and how people are distributed on the earth. It examines how we interact with each other, why we interact this way, and how we can improve our lives with this understanding knowledge. Students will explore how and why the first known cities formed; how culture is spread and stagnated by barriers; and how different regions in the world function culturally, socially, environmentally, and economically.
  1. Human-environmental geography focus on the impact humans have on our environment through activities like urban sprawl and globalization, and how we can work to develop more sustainable practices. Students will develop an understanding of global and environmental change, impact assessments, and natural resource management. Students will study the Great Lakes and their cultural, environmental, and economic importance to humans.
  2. Geomatics is the discipline of gathering, storing, processing, and delivering geographic information, or spatially referenced information. In our program, students will be introduced to the world of cartography, GIS, remote sensing of the environment, and air photo interpretation.

* This program is offered under the written consent of the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities granted for the period from 11/15/2017 to 11/15/24. Prospective students are responsible for satisfying themselves that the program and the degree will be appropriate to their needs (e.g. acceptable to potential employers, professional licensing bodies or other educational institutions).

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Professional Lands Management Certification Program (PLMCP) Level 1

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Algoma University (AU) and its Department of Geography & Geology signed a MOU with the National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association (NALMA) in September 2018 in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory to provide Level I of the Professional Lands Management Certification Program (PLMCP).

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Taking Care of Our Land Symposium May 2025

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The Department of Geography, Geology & Land Stewardship at Algoma University will host the fourth Taking Care of Our Land Symposium in May 2025. The purpose of the symposium is to explore, through research and best practices, the inclusion of cultural and traditional practices of land management, planning, and use for Aboriginal communities in Northern Ontario.

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In-Course Scholarship

Dr. Robert Ewing Geography Award

The Dr. Robert Ewing Geography award will provide a scholarship valued at $500 to a 2nd – 4th year student studying Geography. To be eligible, the student must be enrolled in full time studies and be in academic good standing.

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