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Geography and the Environment
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Certificates in Extended Studies in Arts: Geography

The Extended Studies certificate is designed for students who have baccalaureate degrees, who wish to complete the equivalent of a major, extended minor, or minor, in Geography.

Entrance requirements

Extended Studies in Arts: Geography major, with or without concentration

1. Completion of a Bachelor degree from a recognized university.

2. A minimum of 18 credits in Geography courses, including GEOG 101, 102, or 103 (or equivalents) and GEOG 140 (or equivalent), and a cumulative GPA of 2.33 or higher.

3. For a Geography major, concentration in:

a. Physical Geography: completion of GEOG 201 and 202, or equivalents.

b. Environmental Studies: completion of two of the following: GEOG 201, GEOG 211, or GEOG 242, or equivalents.

c. International Studies: completion of two of the following: GEOG 240, GEOG 241, or GEOG 242, or equivalents.

d. Urban Studies and Planning: completion of GEOG 241 or 344 or equivalent.

e. Geographic Information Systems: completion of GEOG 253 or equivalent.

Extended Studies in Arts: Geography extended minor

1. Completion of a Bachelor degree from a recognized university.

2. A minimum of 12 credits in Geography courses, including GEOG 101, 102, or 103 (or equivalents) and GEOG 140 (or equivalent), and a cumulative GPA of 2.33 or higher.

Extended Studies in Arts: Geography minor

1. Completion of a Bachelor degree from a recognized university.

2. A minimum of nine (9) credits of lower-division Geography courses, including GEOG 101, 102, or 103 (or equivalents) and GEOG 140 (or equivalent), and a cumulative GPA of 2.33 or higher.

Extended Studies in Arts: Geography Honours (no concentration chosen)

1. Completion of a Bachelor degree in Geography from UFV.

2. A GPA of 3.3 or higher in the program.

Extended Studies in Arts: Geography Honours with selected concentration

1. Completion of a Bachelor degree in Geography from UFV.

2. A GPA of 3.3 or higher in the program.

3. With a concentration in:

a. Physical Geography: completion of GEOG 201 and 202, or equivalents.

b. Environmental Studies: completion of two of the following: GEOG 201, GEOG 211, or GEOG 242, or equivalents.

c. International Studies: completion of two of the following: GEOG 240, GEOG 241, or GEOG 242, or equivalents.

d. Urban Studies and Planning: completion of GEOG 241 or 344 or equivalent.

e. Geographic Information Systems: completion of GEOG 253, or equivalent.

When to apply

Applications to the Extended Studies in Arts will be accepted on a twice-yearly basis: starting on or after August 1 for the following January and on or after October 1 for the following September.

How to apply

Apply online at ufv.ca/admissions/admissions/apply.

Additional documentation required:

1. Transcript showing completion of the necessary Geography credits and degree completion as per the entrance requirements. If transcripts are being sent directly from the institution(s) attended, please indicate that they are on order. To regain your original application date, order early so that transcripts arrive within two weeks of the date your application is mailed or submitted.

2. A letter of intent stating the option for which you are seeking admission (major, concentration, extended minor, or honours designation), your professional and personal reasons for applying to the program, whether you intend to complete the program on a full-time or part-time basis, and, if known, the specific courses you anticipate taking. If necessary, the department will call applicants for an interview to assess their particular needs. Admission will be granted on the basis of the Geography and the Environment department’s ability to meet the student’s needs. The number of applicants accepted to the extended studies programs may be limited.

Program requirements

Extended Studies in Arts: Geography major (with or without concentration); Geography extended minor; Geography minor

1. Completion of specific program requirements for the Geography major (with or without concentration), extended minor, or minor.

2. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in:

All courses/credits attempted.

All Geography courses/credits.

• All upper-level courses/credits.

Extended Studies in Arts: Geography Honours

Students completing an Extended Studies certificate in the Geography Honours program must meet the same requirements as all other students enrolled in this program. These include:

1. Application to the program through the department. This application is in addition to that made to the university for admission. Application guidelines for the honours program are available through the department and on the department website at ufv.ca/geography. Students should check with the department prior to application to the university to ensure that they have the minimum requirements for the honours program.

2. A minimum CGPA, upon entry and completion, of 3.3 in the program.

3. Completion of 120 credits in total.

4. Completion of GEOG 354 and GEOG 492. Each honours student is assigned a supervisor with whom they will work in completing GEOG 492.

5. Completion of 12 upper-level credits in a single, related field outside of Geography. These may already have been completed as part of the Bachelor degree.

6. Students completing a Certificate in Extended Studies: Geography Honours with a selected concentration must also fulfill the requirements of the concentration.

Residency requirement

Credit for some of the courses may be obtained at another university. However, 50% of the upper-level requirements must be completed at UFV.

Graduation

A program plan will be created for all students, outlining the required courses to complete the program approved at the time of admission. Once admitted to the Geography and Environment department, the student will be advised and approved for graduation by an Advisor. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the program plan is followed and all program requirements are met. This should be done by regular consultation with the UFV Bachelor of Arts advisor. Any changes to the program plan must be approved by an Advisor and the Geography and the Environment department.

Undergraduate continuance

Students must maintain a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.00 to remain enrolled in Good Academic Standing at UFV. Students in Good Academic Standing will have no registration limits placed on them. Failure to meet the minimum CGPA requirement will result in restrictions on registration and may eventually lead to academic suspension from the University. Students on Academic Warning or Academic Probation are limited to registering in 10 credits. For further details, see the Undergraduate Continuance section of the academic calendar. Academic standing is governed by UFV’s Undergraduate Continuance policy (92).

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.

Course listings

For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.


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