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Geography

The Department of Geography offers programs of study that lead to the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Science, and Bachelor of Science. The Bachelor of Arts program includes a Major in Geography (Human Geography), and a Major in Geography (Environment and Sustainability). The Bachelor of Science offers a program in Geographical Sciences. The Department also participates in several interdisciplinary programs including Urban Studies and Atmospheric Sciences.

Students may declare their Major in Geography (Environment and Sustainability) or Major in Geography (Human Geography) after completing 27 credits, and must do so before completing 72 credits.

For course information please see the Department website.

For information on advanced degrees, see graduate Geography.

Major in Geography (Environment and Sustainability)

First and Second Years

Students must take 6 credits from: GEOG 121, 122, 210, or 211; 6 credits from: GEOB 102, 103 or PHYS 100; GEOB 270; and 3 credits from: GEOB 200 or 204, 206, 207.

Third and Fourth Years

39 credits from courses numbered 300 and higher, as follows:

Environmental Concentration

  • 3 credits GEOG 310
  • 6 credits from GEOG 311, 312, 316, 317 318, 319, 363
  • 3 credits from GEOG 327, 328, 481, 497
  • 3 credits from GEOB 300, 304, 305, 307, 308
  • 6 credits from GEOB 401, 402; GEOG 410, 412, 419, 423

Human Geography Program Courses

  • 3 credits from GEOG 321, 329, 353, 357, 395, 424, 425, 495
  • 3 credits from GEOG 350, 352, 360, 361, 362, 363, 364

Research and Methods

  • 6 credits GEOB 372, GEOG 374
  • 3 credits from GEOG 315, 345, 371; or GEOB 370, 373
  • 3 credits from GEOB 309, 403, 405, 406, 407, 472, 479; or GEOG 379, 419, 429, 447, 448

Major in Geography (Human Geography)

Lower-level Requirements

Students must take at least 9 credits from GEOG 121, 122, 210, 211, 220, 250, 281 or 290; and 6 credits from GEOB 102, 103.

GEOB 270 taken in second year will satisfy the Research and Methods (A) requirement but does not count toward 30-credit upper division course requirements.

Upper-level Requirements

At least 30 credits of 300- or 400-level geography (GEOG/GEOB) courses:

  • at least 6 credits from each of the three themes (Cultures and Places, Cities and Globalization, Nature and Society)
  • 6 credits from the Research and Methods theme with 3 credits from concentration A and 3 credits from concentration B

Although some courses (identified in italic type) pertain to more than one theme, NO COURSE can be counted twice to meet credit requirements in Cultures and Places, Cities and Globalization, Nature and Society, or within the A and B categories of the Research and Methods theme.

Students must have at least 42 and no more than 60 GEOG/GEOB credits in total for the Major.

Cultures and Places
At least 6 credits from: GEOG 321, 327, 328, 329, 352, 380, 390, 391, 395, 419, 423, 426, 429, 439, 456, 468, 481, 484, 485, 493, 495, 496, 497, 498

Cities and Globalization
At least 6 credits from: GEOG 321, 329, 350, 352, 353, 357, 361, 362, 364, 380, 391, 450, 453, 456, 457, 461, 468, 493, 496, URST 400

Nature and Society
At least 6 credits from: GEOG 310, 312, 316, 317, 318, 319, 361, 395, 410, 412, 419, 423, 496, 497

Research and Methods
At least 6 credits, including 3 credits from each of A and B:

  • A: GEOB 270, 370, 372, 373, 374, 450, 472, 479
  • B: GEOG 315, 345, 371, 424, 446, URST 400

Honours in Geography

The Honours program in Geography differs from the Major in two respects: degree of specialization and standing, which must be at least 74% average of all courses taken (for entry and graduation).

Students who are interested in the Honours program should consult the Department before the end of their second year or at the beginning of their third year. Students may declare their Honours program in Geography after completing 54 credits and must do so before completing 72 credits.

Individual Honours programs require the approval of the Department. The total number of Honours students may be restricted to match available teaching resources.

First and Second Years

As for Major in Geography (Human Geography).

Third and Fourth Years

48 credits of geography (GEOG/GEOB) courses numbered 300 and higher, as follows:

  • 3 credits from GEOG 345
  • 3 credits from one of: GEOB 270, 370, 372, 373, or GEOG 374
  • 3 credits from one of: GEOG 371, 440, 456
  • 9 credits from Geography fourth-year seminar and research courses (must be taken in the student's fourth year):
      Seminar: GEOG 410, 412, 423, 424, 426, 446, 453, 456, 457, 468, 481, 484, 495, 496
      Research: GEOG 419, 450, GEOB 472, 479
  • 18 credits, 6 from each theme including at least one course with substantial focus on an area beyond North America (eligible courses are marked *):

      Cultures and Places
      At least 6 credits from: GEOG 321*, 327, 328, 329, 352*, 380*, 390, 391*, 395, 419, 422, 423, 424, 426, 429, 440, 456, 468, 481*, 484*, 485*, 493*, 494*, 495, 496*, 497, 499

      Cities and Globalization
      At least 6 credits from: GEOG 321, 329, 331, 350, 352, 353, 357, 360, 361, 362, 363, 364, 380, 391, 450, 453, 456, 457, 460, 464, 468, 493, 496

      Nature and Society
      At least 6 credits from: GEOG 310, 312, 315, 316, 317, 318, 319, 361, 363, 395, 410, 412, 419, 423, 460, 464, 496, 497
  • 12 additional credits

Total GEOG/GEOB credits for an honours program must be no fewer than 63, and within the 120 credits necessary for the B.A., no more than 72.

Although some courses (identified in italic type) pertain to more than one theme, NO COURSE can be counted twice to meet credit requirements in Cultures and Places, Cities and Globalization, Nature and Culture or within A, B, and C categories of the Research and Methods theme.

Minor in Geography (Human Geography)

First and Second Years

As for Major.

Third and Fourth Years

18 credits of geography (GEOG/GEOB) courses numbered 300 and higher, with 6 credits from each theme (Cultures and Places; Cities and Globalization; Nature and Society).

Total GEOG/GEOB credits for a Minor in Geography (Human Geography) program must be no fewer than 30 and no more than 42, within the 120 credits necessary for the B.A.

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