(for Bachelor of Arts degree students)
Once a student has completed 90 credits (approximately three years) of
coursework, including at least 26 credits in Geography, with a minimum 3.33 GPA in all courses required for program completion,
they are eligible to apply for entry into the Bachelor of Art's Geography honours program.
Interested students are encouraged to seek out information and advice on the
honours program from Geography faculty or an Arts Advisor as early as possible
in their coursework, and to apply to the honours program at the earliest
possible entry date.
In order to submit an application, students will need to provide the
• A Geography honours program application form (available from the Department Assistant).
• A completed checklist (available from the Department Assistant) demonstrating
successful completion of coursework in geography.
• A copy of their transcripts (these do not need to be official transcripts).
• A portfolio that includes coursework (labs, papers, etc.) from their geography
courses. Portfolio guidelines are available from the department.
The purpose of the portfolio is two-fold. First, it provides the student with an
exercise in developing a presentation of prior work, which may be useful in
applying for employment or graduate school. Second, the portfolio is a tool to
be used by the student, the Geography department's Honours Advisory Committee
(HAC), and faculty
project advisor to identify areas of improvement, potential project topics, and
writing and research strengths and weaknesses.
Students should submit their application materials to the department assistant.
The department Honours Advisory Committee (HAC) will then identify a potential
project supervisor, if one has not already been selected. Students are
encouraged to approach a departmental faculty member appropriate to their
research interests on their own by the end of the third year of their Geography
program. This faculty member can in turn serve as their honours supervisor.
Prior to enrolling in GEOG 492 (Honours Research Project), each honours
candidate will need to meet with their honours supervisor to assess their
progress in the program. At this time, the candidate should submit an
updated transcript to their supervisor for review.
Successful completion of a research project is required prior to graduation.
This project, which will be developed in consultation with a faculty supervisor,
will demonstrate a student’s skill and knowledge in a given area of geographic
Each honours applicant will then be required to present the findings of their
research at a professional or university conference or in an existing
geography course (in consultation with the instructor of that course).
Alternative presentation arrangements may be made in consultation with the honours supervisor and the HAC.
Following project completion and presentation, the honours supervisor will
recommend a letter grade. The HAC will choose whether or not to accept this
grade based on further review of the student’s work in Geography 492.
Students can choose to complete an honours designation in
Geography with a selected
Students seeking an honours designation will need to apply to the honours
program and complete the requirements of the honours program in addition to
those required for the selected concentration.
This section specifies the honours requirements only. Please refer to the Bachelor of Arts
for program requirements.
Lower-level requirements: 22 credits
||Evolution of the
| or GEOG 202
| or GEOG 242
| or GEOG 253
||Introduction to Geographic Information
Note: One of MATH 104, MATH 106, or PSYC 110 is required for
GEOG 352; students should plan accordingly.
Upper-level requirements: 51-53 credits
||Explanation in Geography: Quantitative Methods
Approaches in Human Geography
(GEOG 302, 303, 304, 307, 308,
315, 317, 401, 402, 410, 417)
(GEOG 311, 312, 340, 341, 343, 344, 345, 346, 360, 362, 411,
421, 440, 443, 444, 445,
Geography of Selected Regions
Field Methods and Techniques
| or GEOG 470
Field Studies in Geography
Geography (3 courses)
Upper-level Arts/Sciences credits to be completed in a single
discipline, such as biology, history, sociology, etc.
Note: No more than eight credits of Directed Studies/Directed Readings (GEOG
480, GEOG 482, GEOG 483, GEOG 484) will count toward the degree.
Fees and additional costs
See the Fees and Other Costs
section. Additional fees for course field trips and miscellaneous lab materials
will apply to all students enrolled in Geography programs.
For complete details on courses see the
course descriptions section.
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