Experiential Learning Opportunities

The Department of Geography, Geomatics & Environment offers experiential learning courses such as internships, thesis courses, Research Opportunity Programs and field courses.


Internship Courses

The internship course provides work placements for senior students in the science and social science streams of geography and environment to build work experience and to develop professional skills. Qualifying students fill placements with government agencies (federal, provincial, municipal) industry, conservation authorities and non-profit organizations. Information on the application process, work placements and course organization will be provided at the information session.

JEG400JEG401 Internship Courses

If you are interested in the internship course, please read the following instructions and submit the application form:


Field Courses

Field courses provide the opportunity to gain practical collaborative work experience through the design and implementation of small scale research projects. The department will offer field courses in Montreal (Human Geography) and Haliburton (physical geography). Faculty members will also lead field courses in Guatemala and Ecuador.

GGR379H5: Field Methods in Physical Geography

GGR379H5 will not be offered during the 2021-2022 academic year.

Some thoughts from our participants:

Best field course for Physical Geography at UTM!

Fun to get to know a bunch of people including the prof.  Learned how to use a bunch of cool tools while getting fresh air and exercise.

Great way to experience research firsthand and see if you like it to continue with other field and lab-based courses like ROPs etc.

A great course to gain some research and field experience while making new friends and having a blast outdoors.  Great introduction to research equipment and methods and tons of fun!

GGR389H5: Field Studies in Human Geography

GGR389H5 will not be offered during the 2021-2022 academic year.

Benefits/opportunities:

Research selected topics relating to the urban, economic and social geography of Montreal

Engage in field work in the city

Visit sites of political, social and economic significance in Montreal

Free time will be allocated for research and sightseeing


Honour Thesis Course

Honour Thesis is a course is designed to give students experience in the design and execution of an independent senior thesis under the supervision of a faculty member.  

JEG417Y5: Honour Thesis

Please visit JEG417Y5 for the course description, supervisors and research areas.


Research Opportunity Program

GGR399Y5, ENV399Y5  : Research Opportunity Program

The Research Opportunity Program (ROP) provides students in second to fourth year with the chance to participate in the research of a faculty member while earning course credit. Students in the program have the valuable opportunity to become involved in hands-on, cutting-edge research, working one-on-one with the University's leading faculty members across a range of academic units. Through the ROP, you will gain practical skills and knowledge that can be applied to careers or toward future graduate studies. You will use your experiences to build strong relationships with instructors, learn about exciting new developments in their research field, and explore new areas of interest. 

Please check the available projects here.


Special Topics

GGR494:  Special Topics GIS

Studies of selected topics in Geographic Information Systems not covered in regular courses.

  • GGR 494 Application Form
  • Send your application to Sabrina Ferrari (sabrina.ferrari@utoronto.ca) no later than August 16th, 2021.