BA Program Options

   Geography Major (BA) 
        Co-Operative Education              
    Geography Extended Minor (BA)
    Geography Minor (BA)
        Geographic Information Systems
        Indigenous Maps, Films, Rights, and Land Claims
        Certificate in Extended Studies
    Physical Geography (BSc)


Geography MAJOR (BA)

The BA, major in Geography, introduces students to the different sub-fields of Human, Physical, and Techniques Geography. Students completing this major have the opportunity to specialize in one or more of these, and to pursue original, lab- and field-based research. This major is a good option for students considering an MA in Geography, Environmental Studies, International Development, Planning, or a related field. It is also useful for students planning on continuing on into teaching. Please refer to the most recent UFV Calendar (click on 'Academic Calendar' at very top of page) for program requirements.

Geography majors can also choose to combine program options in a number of ways, such as by conmbining a concentration with a co-operative education designation, or an Honours degree with a certificate. Please consult with an Arts Advisor to review your program progress and options.


Geography majors within the BA can choose to complete their program with or without a concentration. A concentration is a planned group of courses that focus on a particular set of themes.Students can choose to complete more than one concentration within their major. 

As of September 2014, students can select from one of three concentrations within the BA, major:

  1. Environmental Science
  2. Global Studies
  3. Urban Studies

The requirements for each of these concentrations will be published in the Fall 2014 calendar. In the meantime, if you have questions about the requirements of each concentration, please contact Michelle Rhodes (

Up through Winter 2014, students within the program could choose from four concentrations within the major, including:

  1. Environmental Studies
  2. International Studies
  3. Physical Geography
  4. Urban Studies

Please note that students entering the program during or after Fall 2014 will not be able to choose from a concentration from calendars earlier than Fall 2014. If you are already in the program, you can check the requirements for the four concentrations above in the Winter 2014 calendar

We do not currently have concentrations within the BSc major in Physical Geography. 


Co-operative education provides valuable workplace opportunities and experience for students completing a UFV degree, and is highly recommended for Geography majors. Co-op involves alternating semesters of paid employment (usually in the summer) with semesters of study, and the program often has many placements that build on geographic skills and research. Students should consider applying to the program after their first year. 

Students that have completed three co-operative education placements are eligible for a Cooperative Education designation on their transcripts. For more information on Co-op, click here.


The Honours program is designed for those Geography and Physical Geography majors who are planning on applying to graduate school or who are looking for additional research experiences for employment. Honours Geography students have gone into graduate programs in a number of fields and at institutions in Canada and Australia. Click here for more information on the Honours program, or contact the Department Head, Dr. Michelle Rhodes. Please refer to the most recent UFV Calendar for current Honours program requirements.

Application forms can be obtained from the Department Assistant (A407d) or the Department Head (A407c).


The Extended Minor in Geography is useful for those students that are looking to blend geographic education with other academic interests, as well as for those students considering applying to teacher education programs. The extended minor requires many of the same core courses as the major, but also provides more flexibility to pursue elective courses within and outside the minor field.

Please refer to the most recent UFV calendar for program requirements.  (Click on 'Academic Calendar' at top of page.)

Geography MINOR (BA)

The Minor in Geography is an option for those students that have completed or who plan on completing a compliment of courses in human, physical, and technical geography. Please refer to the most recent UFV Calendar ('Academic Calendar' at very top of page) for program requirements.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Certificate
This 30-credit certificate is designed to prepare students for employment in the GIS field. Completed over a two-year period, the certificate includes courses in Geography and Computing Science, and can be completed as part of a degree program. For more information, click here.

Indigenous Maps, Films, Rights, and Land Claims
This intensive four-week, three-course, twelve-credit certificate offers students the opportunity to learn a range of conceptual and practical skills that are of direct relevance to the history, communication, implementation, and critique of rights, title, and land claims. It focuses on a range of representational practices, including, but not limited to, film, oral histories, documentaries, surveys and maps, and legal discourse analysis, and their importance to the Indigenous land and rights process generally, but with a focus on British Columbia and the lower Fraser Valley in particular.

Extended Studies in Geography
Students that have already completed a degree can choose to complete credentials in Geography,including an Honours designation, a concentration, a major, minor, or extended minor. This will earn the student an extended studies certificate in the specific program area. The ES certificates are designed for students interested in upgrading their geographic knowledge and skills for purposes of employment, graduate school, or application to teacher education programs. For more information on requirements, please consult the most recent UFV Academic Calendar.

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