Students can apply to the Physical Geography Honours program when they have met the following criteria:
Completion of 90 credits that apply to the Bachelor of Science, including at least 26 credits in geography.
A minimum GPA of 3.33 in all courses required for program completion.
Interested students are encouraged to seek out advice on the Physical Geography Honours program from Geography faculty or an Advisor as early as possible in their coursework, and to apply to the program at the earliest possible entry date.
How to apply
To apply, students will need to provide the following:
An honours program application package (available from the department assistant).
A portfolio that includes coursework (laboratory assignments, written papers, etc.) from select completed geography courses. The portfolio is a tool to be used by students, the Geography Honours Advisory Committee, and potential faculty project advisor to identify areas of improvement and potential project topics, as well as writing and research strengths and weaknesses. Portfolio guidelines are available from the department.
Students should submit application materials to the department assistant. The Geography Honours Advisory Committee will then arrange for a project supervisor. Interested students are encouraged to approach a departmental faculty member appropriate to their research interests who may serve as their honours supervisor.
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.
This section specifies the honours requirements only. Please refer to the Bachelor of Science section for information on additional requirements.
Lower-level requirements: 44-45 credits
The Physical Environment
A World of Development
Environmental Issues and Strategies
Climate and People
Understanding Your Earth: Landforms and Processes
Explanation in Geography: Quantitative Methods
Introduction to Geographic Information
GEOG 257/ CMNS 257
Environment: Science and Communications
One pair of:
Introductory Biology I
and BIO 112
Introductory Biology II
or CHEM 113
Principles of Chemistry I
and CHEM 114
Principles of Chemistry II
Introductory General Physics: Mechanics and Fluids
Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Upper-level requirements: 39–45 credits
Advanced Geography of a Selected Region
Honours Research Design and Data Collection
Honours Research Project in Physical Geography/GIS
Applied Regression Analysis (see Note 1)
Five of (including at least one 400-level course): (see Note 3)
Coasts and Climate Change
Climates of Cities
Climate Change and Variability
Water Resources Management
GEOG 319/ BIO 319
Swamps and Bogs
GEOG 335/ BIO 335
Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology
GEOG 410/ BIO 410
GEOG 419 /BIO 419
Remote Sensing of the Environment
Geospatial Data Analysis Modeling
One of (professional competency in geography):
GEOG 396/ GDS 310/ SOC 396
GEOG 398/ GDS 311/ SOC 398
Environmental Geography Practicum
Practicum in Planning
Field Studies in Geography
Co-op Work Term Performance and Report II
At least 60 volunteer or work experience hours in a related geography field (see Note 3)
Note 1: Students planning to apply for a Bachelor of Science, Physical Geography Honours, with a view to pursuing graduate studies should expect, in consultation with their honours supervisor, to take any additional Mathematics courses deemed applicable to their area of study.
Note 2: No more than eight credits may be in directed studies/directed
readings (GEOG 480, 482, 483, 484).
Note 3: Students planning to complete this option should contact the program coordinator for information and the process for demonstrating their learning.
An original research project, completed as part of:
Minimum CGPA of 3.33.
Successful completion of a research project is required prior to graduation.
This project is developed in consultation with a faculty supervisor and demonstrates students' advanced skills and knowledge in a given area of physical geography.
Students will complete this project in two courses. In the first course, students will design and collect data for their projects. This will be completed as part of GEOG 491 (Honours Research Design and Data Collection), or an equivalent third-year internship or fourth-year research-intensive course approved by the department. Students will then register in GEOG 493 (Honours Research Project in Physical Geography/GIS) to complete the data analysis and project write-up.
Each honours student will disseminate their research findings in a presentation to an academic audience (e.g. professional conference or department seminar) as well as through an academic research poster or alternative. Following project completion and presentation, the honours supervisor in consultation with a second reader, will assign a grade for GEOG 493.
A minimum CGPA of 3.33, including the mark awarded for
the final research project, must be attained in order for an honours designation to be awarded.