Geography at UTSC takes a comprehensive approach to the discipline, incorporating the human and environmental aspects of Geography. Our innovative programs, which provide first-hand experience through fieldwork, begin with courses that teach first year students how to undertake empirical studies and how to examine factors that shape societies, economies, regions, and cities.
Physical Geography is the study of the science of spaces; it examines the structures of the world around us- both natural and man-made- as well as the formative processes of these. Students will learn about landforms, weather, geological and hydrological processes, and the interactions of all of these to form physical landscapes. Human Geography is concerned with the spatial patterns of humans and human activity over spaces and places. Students will explore the complex relationships between society and the natural environment as well as the social and economic problems of human land use and settlement. This program connects these two aspects of Geography to give students a complex understanding of the world around us, explain spatial phenomena, and help them to apply spatial theories and techniques in a variety of real-life situations.