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Students can apply to the Physical Geography Honours program when they have met the following criteria:
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.
To apply, students will need to provide the following:
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.
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.
|GEOG 101||Weather and Climate (discontinued)|
|GEOG 102||Evolution of the Earth's Surface (discontinued)|
|GEOG 103||The Physical Environment|
|GEOG 116||Earth Rocks|
|GDS 100/ GEOG 109||A World of Development|
|GEOG 111||Environmental Issues and Strategies|
|GEOG 140||Introduction to Human Geography|
|GEOG 201||Climate and People|
|GEOG 202||Understanding Your Earth: Landforms and Processes|
|GEOG 219/ BIO 219||Biogeography|
|GEOG 211||Environmental Science (discontinued)||3|
|or GEOG 257/CMNS 257||Environment: Science and Communications|
|GEOG 252||Explanation in Geography: Quantitative Methods||4|
|GEOG 253||Introduction to Geographic Information Systems||4|
|MATH 270/ STAT 270||Introduction to Probability and Statistics||4|
|PHYS 101||Introductory General Physics: Mechanics and Fluids||5|
|or PHYS 111||Mechanics|
|One pair of:||10|
|BIO 111||Introductory Biology I|
|and BIO 112||Introductory Biology II|
|or CHEM 113||Principles of Chemistry I|
|and CHEM 114||Principles of Chemistry II|
|GEOG 353||GIS Applications||4|
|GEOG 354||Approaches in Human Geography||4|
|GEOG 433||Advanced Geography of a Selected Region||4|
|GEOG 491||Honours Research Design and Data Collection (see Note 1)||4|
|GEOG 493||Honours Research Project in Physical Geography/GIS||4|
|STAT 315||Applied Regression Analysis||3|
|Five of (including at least one 400-level course): (see Note 4)||20|
|GEOG 302||River Geomorphology|
|GEOG 303||Environmental Hydrology|
|GEOG 304||Coasts and Climate Change|
|GEOG 307||Climates of Cities|
|GEOG 308||Climate Change and Variability|
|GEOG 318||Water Resources Management|
|GEOG 319/BIO 319||Swamps and Bogs|
|GEOG 335/BIO 335||Methods in Freshwater Ecology|
|GEOG 402||Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology|
|GEOG 410/BIO 410||Plant Ecology|
|GEOG 419/BIO 419||Paleoecology|
|GEOG 453||Remote Sensing of the Environment|
|GEOG 396/ GDS 310/ SOC 396||Canada Internship|
|GEOG 398/ GDS 311/ SOC 398||International Internship|
|GEOG 452||Advanced Field Methods and Techniques|
|GEOG 470||Advanced Field Studies in Geography|
Note 1: Students are not required to complete GEOG 491 if they have already completed one of the following courses: GEOG 319/BIO 319, 400G, 400J, 402, 419, or 458.
Note 2: 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 3: No more than eight credits may be in directed studies/directed readings (GEOG 480, 482, 483, 484).
Note 4: GEOG 317 taken prior to 2014 can also be used to satisfy this requirement.
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.
For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.