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Today, geography majors can obtain a full range of social science, environmental management, and science or technical degrees that lead directly and indirectly to a variety of career options.
Geography and the Environment at Douglas College offers many opportunities for furthering educational goals and career objectives. An Associate Degree in Geography, or one of the following Associate of Arts Degrees, provides 60 credits of university transfer courses.
Geography-related degrees you can complete at Douglas College
Today, Geography majors can complete degrees in Human Geography, Physical Geography, Environmental Studies, Resource Management, Earth Sciences, Urban Studies, Habitat Restoration, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Spatial Information Systems, Community Development, and Sustainability Planning at most universities.
Ask your geography instructors and lab techs for help with course planning. You can also check the Douglas College Course Scheduling Tool to see which courses are being offered in the upcoming semester. The matrix below is intended to help you plan ahead but is subject to change. Exact times and dates are to be determined. *Note: schedule subject to change without notice. See course scheduling tool for most up to date course offerings.
You can find a list of geography courses and information about admission requirements, courses, intake dates, and more, online in the Program and Course Catalogue.
A Geography major ensures that students master communication and personal management skills, teamwork, information management, and problem solving, with a focus on understanding the complex interworking of human and/or physical environments and processes, spatial analysis and visualization, computer software and modeling, logical and effective report and essay writing, and analysis of land use and statistical data.
A Geography major offers a broad range of employment opportunities such as:
Environmental Policy Analyst
Urban & Regional Planner
Park Planner or Ranger
Environmental Impact Officer
Real Estate Developer
Ecotourism Business Operator
The Associate of American Geographers (AAG) posts projected career salaries in Geographic fields on their website. For example, in 2014 water Resource Specialists earned, on average, $120,000 $USD annually; Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technicians could expect to earn on average $80,000 USD/year; urban or regional planners earned on average over $65,000 USD; and a hydrologist could bring in $78,000 USD.
The Government of Canada Job Bank estimates the following earnings in British Columbia (based on full time employment)