Geography and Geology

The Department of Geography has been a strong part of the growth of Algoma University since its inception as Algoma University College in 1964. The founding faculty lay a very strong foundation for the physical and human dimensions of geography that reflect the integrative nature of the discipline. This tradition guides current and future directions of the department.

The strength of the department is reflected in our highly-qualified and experienced faculty dedicated to teaching, research, and student success. The location of Algoma University provides students a unique opportunity to study in a region of rich diversity of peoples and natural environments. Our program has a history of producing top quality graduates who move on to successful post-secondary studies or to careers in a variety of fields in both the public and private sectors, locally, nationally, and internationally. Although we are a small department by provincial and national standards, we are able to make significant and lasting contributions to key theoretical and methodological aspects of the discipline, in particular, with work that establishes new research areas or find new linkages across fields.

Our Geography Program is organized into four major thematic areas: physical geography, human geography, human-environmental studies, and geomatics. The variety of course offerings in the department reflects the four thematic areas. There is intentional overlap among the thematic areas and many of our faculty work across subfields of the discipline and across disciplines, in both teaching and research. The department's strength lies in more than its faculty. We are fortunate to have established relationships with first-class research institutes and government departments in close proximity to the university where students have access to qualified personnel, labs, and resources.