Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Lab Science Courses

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  1. If I'm an Arts student, why do I have to take a lab science?
  2. Do I have to take GEOG 103 or GEOG 116?
  3. Why are there not more Geology classes?
  4. Does Geog 253 -Introduction to Geographic Information Systems count as a lab science?
  5. Where do I go to get assistance with my lab assignments?

Course Selection and Frequency

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  1. How often are third and fourth year courses offered?
  2. When is GEOG 433 and GEOG 452 offered?
  3. What regions are offered under GEOG 433?
  4. Can I repeat GEOG 433 if it's for a different region?
  5. I need a course in order to graduate, and it's not offered next semester. Can I take it as an independent studies?
  6. How do I take a Directed Studies or Directed Readings Course?
  7. Can I take more than one DS course?

Programs

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  1. I consider myself more of a Physical Geography student. Should I pursue a BA or BSc?
  2. How soon should I declare my major or minor?
  3. If I do the BA, can I take more than one concentration?
  4. Why does the Honours require a breadth field and 132 credits?
  5. Can I complete a certificate if I'm not currently an Arts or Sciences student?
  6. I transferred in from another university, and am not sure how some of the courses from my previous school can be used for a UFV major. What should I do?
  7. I'm in Geography, but want a credential in Global Development Studies. Is this now available?
  8. I'm in Geography, but want a credential in Environmental Studies. Is this available?
  9. I'm in Geography, but want a credential in Indigenous Studies. Is this available?

Study Tours, Field Schools, and Field Placements

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  1. What do I need to do in order to go on a study tour or field school?
  2. Can I take more than one field school or study tour?
  3. Can I complete both an internship and a study tour or field school?
  4. How many credits can I use from study tours, internships, and field schools towards my degree?
  5. How do I sign up fo a study tour or AIG field school?
  6. What is involved in arranging an internship?

Cooperative Education and Work-Study Placements

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  1. Why should I enter the Co-op program?
  2. Why can't I find the jobs in Co-op on line?
  3. How will Co-op placements count towards my degree?
  4. What do I need in order to apply for a Work-Study placement in Geography?
  5. I'd like to be a lab monitor. What is involved?

Research and Conferences

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  1. Why should I seek out research opportunities outside of class? Don't I learn this stuff in class?
  2. I'm really interested in the research being done by one of the faculty members in your department. How do I get involved?
  3. Who is looking for research students?
  4. What is required to get hired on to work in one of the research labs?
  5. What is a conference? Why should I attend?
  6. When are conferences held?
  7. Will the department pay for me to attend a conference?
  8. What types of awards or competitions are available to research students?

Fees and Paperwork

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  1. How much does it cost to go on field trips? Does my tuition cover this?
  2. What types of travel expenses will I encounter? Is there assistance for this?
  3. What equipment costs do I need to take coursework in Geography?
  4. What is needed for travel to the US?

Thinking Ahead: What to do with my degree?

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  1. Why would I choose a Geography major over other programs?
  2. What would I do with a Geography major once I'm out of school?
  3. Will I have all the training I need to get a job in planning?
  4. What's the best way to prepare for getting a job once I'm done?
  5. Do Geography majors go on to grad school? If so, where?
  6. What's the best way to prepare now for graduate school?
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