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Program Summary

Physical Geography is the study of the nature and processes of the Earth’s surface and atmosphere, including climate and climate change, geomorphology and landscape formation, soils, permafrost and natural hazards, as well as their importance to society and society’s impact on these natural systems. You will gain field and laboratory experience, and learn the specialized techniques (including Geomatics) for collection and analysis of environmental data.

The BSc Physical Geography program focuses on environmental and geographic science and includes certain science course requirements. A BSc in Earth Sciences and Geography with a Concentration in Terrain Science may also be taken.

Physical Geography at Carleton is also offered as a concentration in the BA Honours program.

What students are saying about Physical Geography


A highlight of my time at Carleton was my experience working as a research assistant to two of my professors in Gatineau Park. Getting my hands dirty in the field was an awesome way to apply skills and knowledge I gained in class to practical applications of the study of Geography. In addition, the lab component of many classes provided my classmates and me with a hands-on learning approach to better understand topics discussed in lecture. I am confident that the skills and knowledge I have gained at Carleton have provided me with experience that can be transferred to a variety of fields upon graduation.
Samantha Mahon, (BSc) Geography student