Program Overview

Program Requirements


Further studies

Many graduate programs are available for people with an undergraduate degree interested in expanding their knowledge, specializing or conducting research. Many graduate programs are offered by the University of Ottawa.


Potential occupations

Universities studies lead to multiple occupations. Furthermore, certain professions require talent, special aptitudes, additional skills and experience beyond degrees themselves. 

In order to list your choices, visit the Job Bank Canada website and, using the National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes, view job postings, wages, employment prospects and other important information that can help you make a decision. The occupations found below are examples derived from the National Occupational Classification.


Occupations related to this program

Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers

  • Energy policy analyst
  • Environmental impact analyst
  • Environmental issues lobbyist
  • Natural resources policy analyst
  • Emergency management analyst


Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety

  • Environmental officer
  • Environmental health officer


Urban and land use planners

  • Environmental planner


Technical occupations related to museums and art galleries

  • Ecological interpreter
  • Planetarium interpreter


Meteorologists and climatologists

  • Climatologist
  • Meteorologist


Technical occupations in geomatics and meteorology

  • Meteorological technician
  • Geographic information systems technologist (GIS)


Biologists and related scientists

  • Ecologist
  • Environmental toxicologist


Urban and land use planners

  • Urban planner


Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries

  • Demographer



  • Librarian
  • Scientific librarian


Other professional occupations in social science, n.e.c.

  • Applied geographer
  • Biogeographer
  • Cultural geographer
  • Economic geographer
  • Historical geographer
  • Industrial geographer
  • Physical geographer
  • Political geographer
  • Urban geographer


Architecture and science managers

  • Environmental science manager


Acquiring experience

Experience is acquired by participating and trying new personal, educational and professional activities, where it is possible to discover preferences, increase confidence and improve skills. As for professional experience, it is acquired through volunteering, internships, self-employment and full-time or part-time jobs. In addition to developing these skills, performing work related to your program of study can strengthen your expertise and increase your employability.


Volunteer opportunities

In addition to providing an opportunity to apply theories and knowledge learned during your university studies outside the classroom, in real world situations, volunteering is a way to help the community and its many organizations. Community engagement services help students to contribute to their community by participating in projects that are related to their program of study.


Potential employers

The following examples of employers can offer internships or employment opportunities related to students’ program of studies. It is also useful to browse potential employers website to learn about the culture, read job postings and keep up to date with the latest development.

  • Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada 
  • Capital Regional District
  • City of Ottawa
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada 
  • Esri
  • Newmont Corporation 
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada - DFO
  • Intera
  • Integrated Sustainability
  • National Research Council Canada 
  • National Capital Commission
  • Nature Canada
  • Public Services and Procurement Canadan- PSPC
  • Statistics Canada
  • Stantec
  • Transport Canada
  • University of Ottawa
  • Credit Valley Conservation  
  • Long Point Region Conservation Authority
  • Mapmobility Corp.
  • Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry
  • Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
  • Rideau Valley Conservation Authority
  • Sernas Group
  • Walker Industries
  • Équiterre
  • Ministère de l`Énergie et des Ressources naturelles 
  • Ministère de l'Environnementet de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques
  • Nova Envirocom
  • Canadian Pacific Railway
  • Earthmaster Environmental Strategies
  • Ecofor Consulting Ltd
  • Heritage North Consulting Ltd.
  • Marsh
  • Norcan Consulting Ltd.
  • Urban Systems
  • Vancouver Island University


Job search resources

The job search resources are designed to stimulate networking activities, develop marketing strategies and facilitate access to job postings. Networking events offer employers the opportunity to learn about the available workforce, and they give students a chance to be considered in the recruitment process. Career Development Centre offers helpful tips on networking, interview preparation techniques and different tools that can also be used to help with the preparation of resumés and cover letters.


Professional organizations

Professional organizations provide essential information on professional development opportunities and networking activities, the examples can also provide access to publications and job opportunities. They are a great source of information.

  • Association of Canada Lands Surveyors - ACLS
  • Canadian Association of Geographers
  • Canadian Cartographic Association - CCA
  • Canadian Council for Geographic Education - CCGE
  • Canadian Institute of Planners
  • Environmental Services Association of Alberta - ESAA
  • Environmental Services Association Maritimes - ESAM
  • Ontario Professional Planners Institute - OPPI
  • Ontario Association for Geographic and Environmental Education - OAGEE
  • Royal Canadian Geographical Society
  • Saskatchewan Association of Conservation Officers - SACO
  • Saskatchewan Environmental Industry and Managers Association - SEIMA