Geography and Environmental Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University is a strong, dynamic and innovative Department that prides itself as a consistent provider of high quality scholarly activity, programs and courses.
At the undergraduate level we offer nine programs that cover a broad spectrum of Geography. We offer BA and BSc degrees at both the Honours and General levels as well as combined programs. Our newest undergraduate program is the Geography and Geomatics degree.
At the graduate level, we offer MA, MES, MSc and PhD degrees in four fields of specialization: Environmental and Resource Management, Environmental Science, Human, and Geomatics.
The mission statement of the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies stresses its commitment to: continuing to provide a dynamic undergraduate program covering a full range of knowledge, techniques and applications in geography and environmental studies; providing an array of stimulating undergraduate courses as a service to students from other disciplines; a graduate program emphasizing independent knowledge generation; faculty members engaged in developing new knowledge, innovative technical and educational approaches, with national and international horizons and fields of activity.
Undergraduate Advisor (Geography)
Dr. Steven Roberts
Undergraduate Advisor (Environmental Studies)
People at Laurier
The focus of Dr. Scott Slocombe's research is Managing Complex Regions. His research objective is to understand the interaction of multiple land and resource management processes in large, resource-based regions, and to identify ways to improve management effectiveness and efficiency through ecosystem-based and integrated approaches. This work draws on system approaches such as resilience, social-ecological systems, and human ecology, to evaluate and improve the components of regional-scale planning and management such as environmental assessment, protected areas, comprehensive regional land use planning, watershed management, and governance and institutions. The practical implications include improved land and resource management and reduced conflict over the allocation of resources through more knowledge-based and collaborative processes, improved governance and more integrated planning, assessment, and management processes.