Geography is both the science and art of studying places and spaces. Geographers ask where things are located, why they are there, how places differ, what processes are at work in the world around us, how people interact with their physical and cultural environment and how to measure these patterns. We all need answers to these questions.
Geography at the University of Calgary is organized into human geography, physical geography and geographic methods. Human geographers study how people and their activities are distributed in space, how people perceive space and how they change their world. Physical geographers study Earth processes like climate, landforms, water resources and soils. Geographers who specialize in methods analyze patterns of human and physical phenomena. Geography integrates these areas into a holistic science.