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English Language Requirements
Beginning Fall, 2007 students registering in post-secondary level courses (numbered 100 to 499) will be required to meet the English language entrance proficiency requirements. Students in ESL or the University Foundations programs can register in those courses identified in the University Foundations program with lower levels of language proficiency.

GEOG 1014 credits
Weather and Climate
Prerequisite(s): None
This course introduces the fields of meteorology and climatology. Emphasis is placed on atmospheric processes, weather analysis, local and global climates, and on the relationships of these topics to a variety of environmental issues.

GEOG 1024 credits
Evolution of the Earth's Surface
Prerequisite(s): None
A course in the study of the origins and development of the earth's surface features. Emphasis will be placed on the physical processes underlying the dynamics of our changing landscape.

GEOG 1303 credits
Geography of Canada
Prerequisite(s): None
An introduction to the geography of Canada using the concepts and methods of regional
geography to examine the Canadian experience as a set of distinct regions and a nation. Emphasis will be placed on the geographic analysis of current issues, an on the detailed analysis of regional character.

GEOG 1313 credits
British Columbia
Prerequisite(s): None
Using the concepts and techniques of regional geography, this course examines topics in physical geography, settlement, social, economic and resource geography, and the patterns, landscapes and images which characterize the province.

GEOG 1403 credits
Human Geography
Prerequisite(s): None
This is a broad survey course of human geography applying the concepts and tools of the discipline to the regions, societies, and landscapes that result from the interaction between humans and their environment and the cultural, economic, social and political landscapes they create.

GEOG 2014 credits
Introduction to Climatology
Prerequisite(s): GEOG 101
This course is a survey course in introductory climatology. Lecture topics range from the micro-scale (air pollution), to meso-scale (urban heat island), to synoptic-scale (tropical cyclones), and global-scale (climatic change).

GEOG 2024 credits
Introduction to Geomorphology
Prerequisite(s): GEOG 102
GEOG 202 builds on many topics introduced in Geog102 with emphasis placed on drainage basins, groundwater, mass movements, and glacial geomorphology. A weekend field trip and local in-class trips will develop skills in landform analysis and an understanding of the geomorphology of southwestern British Columbia.

GEOG 2113 credits
Environmental Issues
(formerly GEOG 111)
Prerequisite(s): Any first year geography course
An introduction to the study of people in their physical surroundings. The central themes of the course focus on humans as agents of environmental change, and as users of the earth's resources. Emphasis will also be placed on examination of fundamental concepts, methods and techniques used to study human/environment systems.

GEOG 2333 credits
Geography of Selected Regions
Prerequisite(s): Any first year university course
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the regional geography of a major world region. Subject matter will include topics drawn from physical and human geography, with emphasis placed on the human/environmental interactions, historic and contemporary, which account for the geographical character of the region.

GEOG 2403 credits
World Regional Geography
Prerequisite(s): Any first-year university course
This survey course provides students with a broad overview of the physical and cultural characteristics of different regions of the world, using the concepts and tools of geography. In light of debates over the merits of globalization, this course also considers how human/environment relationships and cultural and economic landscapes are changing due to increasing technological and economic interconnections between the world’s peoples and cultures.

GEOG 2413 credits
Social Geography
Prerequisite(s): GEOG 140 or SOC 101
This course presents students with the opportunity to critically assess the interrelationship between space and lifestyle. Focusing on the connections between people and their social environment, topics explored include gender and space, crime, residential segregation, and concepts of community and neighbourhood. Field trips outside of class time are required.

GEOG 2423 credits
Economic Geography
Prerequisite(s): GEOG 140
This course introduces the basic concepts and theories of economic geography. Attention is directed to an analysis of the spatial aspects of primary resources, agriculture, energy, manufacturing and services in the contemporary capitalist economy. The objective will be to understand the impact of globalization on economic activity at local, regional and national and international scales.

GEOG 2534 credits
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Prerequisite(s): Any first year university course
A geographic information system is defined as a configuration of system hardware and software that captures, stores, analyzes, and displays geographic information. The focus of this course is on the theory and practice of GIS as a tool in geographical analysis and data management, and the development of skills in the operation of GIS software.

GEOG 2703 credits
Field Techniques in Human Geography
Prerequisite(s): GEOG 130 or 131 or 233; 140, 241, or 242; and 251
This course provides an intensive introduction to a variety of tools and techniques used by human geographers to describe and analyze the cultural landscape and the spatial organization of society. Required lab and fieldwork will cover a range of different topics studied in earlier courses, and students will design a major field project based on their specific area of interest.
Second-year standing and instructor's permission required.

GEOG 2713 credits
Field Techniques in Physical Geography
Prerequisite(s): GEOG 101 or 102
This course provides an intensive introduction to a variety of tools and techniques used by geographers to describe and analyze the physical environment.

GEOG 3004 credits
Special Topics in Geography
Prerequisite(s): Any two 200-level Geography courses
This course provides students with an opportunity to explore a topic or subfield in a new and significant area of geographical research and scholarship. Topics will be chosen from a wide range of physical, human, regional, and technical areas in geography. Course offerings may include topics such as the Geography of Global Conflict and Terrorism; Conservation and Development; the Geography of Illegal Activities; or the Geography of Agriculture, among others.

GEOG 3024 credits
Fluvial Geomorphology
Prerequisite(s): GEOG 202
This course provides a comprehensive review of processes and landforms responsible for shaping the fluvial environment. Emphasis is placed on understanding the theoretical basis of fluvial geomorphology and the identification and formative processes of fluvial landforms. Participation in field trips scheduled outside of regular class times is required.

GEOG 3044 credits
Coastal Geomorphology
Prerequisite(s): GEOG 202
The coast represents one of the most dynamic and complex environments on the earth's surface and the interaction between the marine, terrestrial, and atmospheric systems results in a wide range of coastal processes and landforms. This course will focus on the basic processes operating along the coast, coastal landforms, and themes in applied coastal geomorphology. Participation in field trips scheduled outside of regular class times is required.
Note: Credit cannot be obtained for GEOG 304 if student has taken GEOG 302 prior to 2005 (previously offered as Fluvial and Coastal Geomorphology).

GEOG 3074 credits
Urban Climatology
Prerequisite(s): GEOG 201
This course explores the climatic effects of urbanization with a focus on the collection and analysis of urban climate data. Human-weather interaction in the urban setting and potential mitigation techniques of negative impacts are also examined.

GEOG 3114 credits
Environment and Resources
Prerequisite(s): Any two of: GEOG 201 or 202; GEOG 211; GEOG 242; BIO 210
Corequisite(s): None. Recommended: ECON 361 (Environmental and Resource Economics)
An investigation into the relationship between humans and their environment in terms of resource use and exploitation. Focus is on integrative thinking about the complexity of environmental management through the examination of biogeochemical concepts as well as socioeconomic concerns; and on the introduction of procedures, techniques, and rationales for managing environmental resources.

GEOG 3174 credits
Biogeography
Prerequisite(s): GEOG 201 or 202, or BIO 210
Biogeography is the study of living things in space and time that integrates concepts and theory from geography, biology, geology, paleontology, and ecology. After an initial review of the history of biogeography, patterns of distribution and mechanisms responsible for today’s biodiversity will be explored in addition to island biogeography, communities and ecosystems, and the influence of physical processes on species distribution. The course will also examine extinctions and radiations and the relevance of these processes for ecological forecasts. Field trips outside of class time are required.

GEOG 3414 credits
World Cities
Prerequisite(s): One of: GEOG 240, GEOG 241, GEOG 242
Geographic perspectives on the cultural, political, and socio-economic conditions of selected world cities. The spatial context of such problems as urban decay, housing shortages, poverty, sustainability, and social justice will be explored in selected cities.

GEOG 3434 credits
Geography of Transitional Societies
Prerequisite(s): One of: GEOG 240, GEOG 241, GEOG 242
This is a course in cultural geography using the approach of cultural/political ecology to survey cultural patterns in the developing world including environmental and cultural change, economic development, and urbanization.

GEOG 3444 credits
Geography of Urban Development
Prerequisite(s): One of: GEOG 240, GEOG 241, GEOG 242
This course will apply the principles of urban geographical analysis to the study of urbanization as exemplified in the development of cites in North America.

GEOG 3454 credits
Historical Geography I
Prerequisite(s): One of: GEOG 240, GEOG 241, GEOG 242
Using research drawn from a variety of theoretical perspectives, this course explores the concepts and methods of historical geography. Focusing on North America, students will learn not only how to interpret past landscapes, but how such an understanding continues to inform the geographies of the present. Field trips outside of class time are required.

GEOG 3464 credits
Geography of Religion
Prerequisite(s): One of: GEOG 240, GEOG 241, GEOG 242
A study of the geographical expression of religion and belief systems, this course covers the origins, diffusion and changing impacts of belief on cultural patterns and landscapes. Students who have completed GEOG 400C cannot take GEOG 346 for additional credit.

GEOG 3524 credits
Explanation in Geography: Quantitative Methods
Prerequisite(s): GEOG 253, and one of MATH 104, 106 or PSYC 110, or other acceptable statistics course
This course focuses on the use of numbers as an aid to problem-solving in geographical analysis. Students will be introduced to methods in the collection, description, analysis and mapping of quantitative data. Techniques in the collection and recording of primary and secondary data will be covered and methods of statistical description and inference will be surveyed. The course will also include topics in the spatial display of data, particularly through computer mapping packages. This course makes heavy use of computer software eg, Excel, SPSS and ArcView.

GEOG 3534 credits
GIS Applications
Prerequisite(s): GEOG 253
The focus of the course is on the utility of Geographic Information Science in problem solving and decision-making in real world settings. Students will be expected to carry out a major term project in consultation with the instructor.

GEOG 3544 credits
Approaches in Human Geography
Prerequisite(s): GEOG 241 or GEOG 242
Human geography has a long intellectual history and is consequently characterized by a wide variety of philosophical and methodological approaches, each a reflection of both wider societal currents and the choices geographers make in doing applied and theoretical work. This course introduces the critical conceptual elements in each of these approaches and situates, and evaluates and tests them in the context of concrete geographical research.

GEOG 3604 credits
Introduction to Regional and Community Planning
Prerequisite(s): One of: GEOG 240, GEOG 241, GEOG 242
This course introduces the theories and techniques of community and regional planning in Canada. Topics include elements of the comprehensive plan, politics of planning, and a critical assessment of the impact of planning. The course is important for students interested in pursuing a career in community planning and provides an opportunity for students to study a planning problem in the Fraser Valley.

GEOG 3624 credits
Geography of Tourism, Recreation, and Sport
Prerequisite(s): One of: GEOG 211, GEOG 240, GEOG 241, GEOG 242
The purpose of this course is to provide students with an introduction to tourism and recreation systems from a geographic perspective. Topics include the supply of and demand for tourism and recreation products and services, the importance of demographic factors in shaping the availability of leisure time and the way in which this time is spent, the impacts of tourism and recreation in both developed and developing countries, and the ways in which communities plan for tourism and recreation development. Field trips outside of regular class hours are required.

GEOG 4004 credits
Advanced Topics in Geography
Prerequisite(s): 60 credits, including four credits of 300/400 level geography courses
This course provides students with an opportunity to conduct advanced field research in a subfield in a new and significant area of geographical scholarship. Topics will be chosen from a wide range of physical, human, regional, and technical areas in geography, and will build on programming and learning at the 300-level.

GEOG 4014 credits
Global Climatology
Prerequisite(s): GEOG 201 and MATH 104 or 106
Global Climatology is an advanced course in the global climate system and the examination of past, present, and possible future climatic scenarios. Environmental and socio-economic impacts of nuclear winter, ozone holes, global warming, and policy responses will also be addressed.

GEOG 4024 credits
Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology
Prerequisite(s): GEOG 302; or GEOG 202 with instructor's permission
This course will examine selected aspects of the stratigraphy, geomorphology and surficial geology of the Quaternary. Regional emphasis will be placed on southwestern British Columbia and adjacent regions of the United States. Fieldwork is an essential component of this course.

GEOG 4114 credits
Advanced Topics in Environmental Issues
Prerequisite(s): One of GEOG 211, 311 or ECON 361, and one other 300/400 level geography course
This course provides students the opportunity to explore topics and issues of environmental concern from a geographical perspective. Emphasis will be placed on seminar discussions, field trips and case studies.

GEOG 4334 credits
Geography of Selected Regions
Prerequisite(s): 60 credits including four credits of 300/400-level geography courses
A study of the geographical character of a selected region.

GEOG 4434 credits
Comparative Cultural Geography
Prerequisite(s): Any one of GEOG 343, GEOG 344, GEOG 345, GEOG 360, or instructor's permission
A comparative study of selected world cultures and landscapes in the light of recent theoretical developments in geography. The human use of the earth over time by various cultures will be examined.

GEOG 4444 credits
The Geography of Suburban Development
Prerequisite(s): Any one of GEOG 343, GEOG 344, GEOG 345, GEOG 360
This course represents an extension of the urban geographical themes developed in GEOG 344. Whereas GEOG 344 establishes the framework of urban development in Canada and the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries, the focus in GEOG 444 is on the particular nature of suburban development, especially of the post-industrial era.

GEOG 4454 credits
Historical Geography II
Prerequisite(s): Any one of GEOG 343, GEOG 344, GEOG 345, or GEOG 360
In part building on concepts developed in GEOG 345 but with greater attention to archival and landscape fieldwork and an analysis of primary materials, and especially the impact of imperialism and colonialism, this course uses both past and present perspectives to explore, understand, and contextualize the historical
geography of British Columbia. Field trips outside of class time are required.

GEOG 4474 credits
Aboriginal Geography
Prerequisite(s): 60 credit hours including 4 credits of upper level Geography or instructor permission
Using geographical models and methods of analysis, this course will explore the different human geographies created by, and the various geographical imaginations of, aboriginal, indigenous, and/or non-western peoples and cultures before, during and after contact with Europe.

GEOG 4524 credits
Field Methods and Techniques
Prerequisite(s): GEOG 352
This course will provide students with opportunities to apply the concepts and skills acquired in previous geography courses to specific research problems in the field. Working both in the classroom and in a local area, students will define and formulate research problems, collect and analyze appropriate data, and design and write formal research reports on their findings. Field problems will be drawn from topics in both physical and human geography. Research reports will be expected to reflect an integrated approach to the study of a local region.

GEOG 4604 credits
Practicum in Planning
Prerequisite(s): GEOG 360
Planning is generally defined as an applied or action-oriented profession, dedicated to addressing ecological, social, economic, and land use challenges at local or regional scales. The purpose of this course is to enable students to engage in an applied program of planning work under the supervision of a planner who is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners. The four-month practicum presents students with the opportunity to apply techniques and methods as well as create contacts with practicing planners.

GEOG 4705 credits
Field Studies in Geography
Prerequisite(s): 60 credits, including four credits of 300/400-level geography courses; instructor's permission
This course provides students with an opportunity to explore a world region from a regional geographic perspective, applying a range of geographical skills in the field to identify, analyze, and synthesize the elements comprising regional character. Usually offered in conjunction with a study tour.

GEOG 4804 credits
Directed Readings
Prerequisite(s): Permission to enter requires written consent of both the supervising faculty member and the department head
Designed for upper-level Geography students who wish to continue research started in conjunction with an earlier course.

GEOG 4822 credits
Directed Studies
Prerequisite(s): Permission to enter requires written consent of both the faculty member supervising the student and the department head
Designed for upper-level geography students who wish to continue research started in conjunction with an earlier course.

GEOG 4833 credits
Directed Studies
Prerequisite(s): Permission to enter requires written consent of both the faculty member supervising the student and the department head
Designed for upper-level geography students who wish to continue research started in conjunction with an earlier course.

GEOG 4844 credits
Directed Studies
Prerequisite(s): Permission to enter requires written consent of both the faculty member supervising the student and the department head
Designed for upper-level geography students who wish to continue research started in conjunction with an earlier course.

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