About the Department

The Department of Geography & Planning provides a stimulating environment for exploring the nature and diversity of the Earth and its peoples. The undergraduate program includes training in all branches of Geography with special emphasis on Environment and Resources, GIS and Remote Sensing, Urban, and Cultural Studies. In addition to offering B.A. and B.Sc degrees in Geography, the Department also offers a B.A. in Regional & Urban Planning. The Department also participates in several interdisciplinary undergraduate programs.

The graduate program reflects the strengths and interests of the research faculty and is particularly strong in Hydrology, Environment and Natural Resources, Indigenous Peoples, Health, and Urban and Regional Planning. M.A. M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees are offered.

The Department of Geography & Planning's research facilities include the Centre for Hydrology.The Centre for Hydrology provides a focus and catalyst for hydrological research at the University of Saskatchewan.  It focusses on advancing the theory and practice of hydrology as a physical environmental science, and emphasizes research and training related to improving descriptions and explanations of the natural and human factors which control the quantity and quality of water resources.  The Centre has active research in the Canadian Prairies, Rocky Mountains and the North, leads the World Climate Research Programme’s International Network for Alpine Research Catchment Hydrology and is a major contributor to the Global Institute for Water Security  and the Global Water Futures programme.

The Department of Geography & Planning is committed to maintaining its strong national and international reputation for teaching and research.


The Department of Geography & Planning at the University of Saskatchewan was founded in 1960 and has maintained an active graduate program since 1963. The department currently offers programs leading to M.A., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees. Individual interdisciplinary programs may be coordinated with other departments on campus. In 2008 the name of the department changed to the Department of Geography and Planning.

The Department supports graduate studies in both human and physical geography. Graduate training and research in the Department has usually focussed on the areas of regional development and environmental studies with thesis topics formulated within a northern Canada or Prairie setting. However, a wide range of problems have been examined in graduate heses over the years.

Location of the Geography and Planning Department

The Department of Geography & Planning is located in Kirk Hall on the University of Saskatchewan campus. It is fortunate to have lecture and seminar rooms, laboratories, and faculty and student offices located together in one unit. Graduate students are usually provided with individual study space (carrels or shared offices) within the department. The department has laboratories devoted to biogeography, geomorphology and hydrology, northern development, and computer cartography and Geographical Information System.

What is Geography

Geography is the study of the processes that shape human and physical landscapes. It explains the organization of space and differences between areas through detailed studies of spatial patterns and processes.

The study of Geography requires students to address research questions from a distinctly geographic perspective while drawing from a broad base of knowledge from related subject areas in the social and natural sciences.

Geography students develop insights and inquiry skills that can be applied to problems confronting society. From the effects of air and water pollution to population growth, Geography students deal with a wide range of issues.

A Stepping Stone

A degree in Geography prepares students for studies in other areas such as commerce, earth and environmental sciences, education, international studies, and urban and rural development.

Students also go on to pursue graduate studies in geography or in other areas such as Aboriginal studies, earth sciences, environmental science and management, and planning.

Career Opportunities

Graduates pursue careers in many exciting areas

Human & Regional Studies

Census research and vital statistics; economic analysis, environmental risk assessment, natural hazards research, land use planning and real estate development, population or demography, regional and urban planning, tourism studies and recreational planning, and transportation research.

Physical & Environmental Studies

Natural resource assessment and management, environmental simulation and modeling, erosion protection and flood control, groundwater remediation, hydrology, natural hazards analysis, renewable resource surveys, vegetation surveys and watershed management.

Geographic Technologies

Remote sensing and image interpretation, computer-aided cartography, natural resource data acquisition and mapping, pollution monitoring, topographic site surveys and 3-D terrain modelling.