Geography Major (BA)
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 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, e.g. environmental science, issues, and practices (Environmental Studies) or development (International Studies). Students can choose to complete more than one concentration within their major. Concentrations within the BA, Geography major, include:
- Environmental Studies
- International Studies
- Physical Geography
- Urban Studies
We do not currently have concentrations within the BSc major in Physical Geography. Please refer to the most recent UFV calendar for program requirements.
CO-OPERATIVE EDUCATION OPTION
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 Honours program requirements.
Click here for Honours Application.
Geography EXTENDED MINOR (BA)
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.
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 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 Calendar.