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Geography and the Environment
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Physical Geography major
(for Bachelor of Science degree students)

This section specifies the major discipline requirements for the Bachelor of Science with Physical Geography degree option only. Please refer to the Bachelor of Science section for information on additional requirements.

Lower-level requirements:  45 credits

Course Title Credits
One of:   4
GEOG 101 Weather and Climate  
GEOG 102 Evolution of the Earth’s Surface  
GEOG 103 The Physical Environment  
 or GEOG 116 Introduction to Geology
 
     
One of:   3
GEOG 111 Environmental Issues and Strategies  
 or GEOG 140 Human Geography  
     
Two of:   8
GEOG 201 Introduction to Climatology  
GEOG 202 Introduction to Geomorphology  
 or GEOG 219/BIO 219 Biogeography (formerly GEOG 317/BIO 317)  
     
One of:   3
GEOG 211 Environmental Science  
 or GEOG 257/CMNS 257 Environment: Science and Communications  
     
Required:    
GEOG 252 Explanation in Geography: Quantitative Methods 4
GEOG 253 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 4
     
One of:   4
STAT 104 Introductory Statistics  
STAT 106 Statistics I  
  or STAT 270 Introduction to Probability and Statistics  
     
One of:   5
PHYS 101 Introductory General Physics: Mechanics and Fluids  
PHYS 105 Heat, Waves, and Optics  
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  

 

Upper-level requirements:  32-33 credits

Course Title Credits
Required:    
GEOG 353 GIS Applications 4
GEOG 433 Geography of Selected Regions 4
20 credits (five courses): Physical Geography, including at least one course at the 400-level: GEOG 302, 303, 304, 307, 308, 315, 318, 319/BIO 319 (formerly GEOG 417/BIO 417), 335, 402, 410, 419, 453 (see Note 2) 4
     
One of:    
GEOG 396/GDS 310/SOC 396 Canada Internship 4-6
GEOG 398/GDS 311/SOC 398 International Internship  
GEOG 452 Field Methods and Techniques  
GEOG 470 Field Studies in Geography  

Note 1: No more than eight credits may be in Directed Studies/Directed Readings courses (GEOG 480, GEOG 482, GEOG 483, GEOG 484).

Note 2: GEOG 317 taken prior to 2014 can also be used to satisfy this requirement.


Physical Geography minor
(for Bachelor of Science degree students)

This section specifies the minor discipline requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Physical Geography degree option only. Please refer to the Bachelor of Science section for information on additional requirements.

Lower-level requirements:  20 credits

Course Title Credits
One of:    
GEOG 101 Weather and Climate 4
GEOG 102 Evolution of the Earth’s Surface  
GEOG 103 The Physical Environment  
 or GEOG 116 Introduction to Geology
 
     
Two of:   8
GEOG 201 Introduction to Climatology  
GEOG 202 Introduction to Geomorphology  
 or GEOG 219/BIO 219 Biogeography (formerly GEOG 317/BIO 317)  
     
Required:    
GEOG 252 Explanation in Geography: Quantitative Methods 4
GEOG 253 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 4

Students must also complete all the general Bachelor of Science requirements to satisfy the degree.

Upper-level requirements: 16 credits

Course Title Credits
Required:    
GEOG 353 GIS Applications 4
     
Two of:   8
GEOG 302 Fluvial Geomorphology  
GEOG 303 Principles of Hydrology  
GEOG 304 The Geography of the Coastal Zone  
GEOG 307 Urban Climatology  
GEOG 308 Climate Change and Variability  
GEOG 315 Soil Process and Function  
GEOG 317 Biogeography (prior to 2014)  
GEOG 318 Water Resources Management  
GEOG 319 Swamps and Bogs  
GEOG 335 Methods in Freshwater Ecology  
     
One of:   4
GEOG 402 Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology  
GEOG 410 Plant Ecology  
GEOG 417 Wetlands (prior to 2014)  
GEOG 419 Paleoecology  
GEOG 453 Remote Sensing of the Environment  

Note: No more than eight credits may be in Directed Studies/Directed Readings courses (GEOG 480, GEOG 482, GEOG 483, GEOG 484).

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.

Co-operative Education option

The Co-operative Education option offers students the opportunity to obtain paid, career-related work experience in their field of study during their education at UFV. After completing their first year of study, Co-op students alternate between study-related full-time employment and full-time study.

Physical Geography students are encouraged to consider pursuing a Co-operative Education designation within their degree. Interested students will need to apply at least one semester in advance of applying for employment opportunities through the program. Applicants must meet the requirements of the Co-operative Education program. Students should speak with a Co-operative Education Coordinator for placement possibilities in the Arts and/or Sciences.

Students who successfully complete three Co-op work terms will receive a Co-op designation on their transcript. Each work term is for four or eight months, and many of these are in the summer. In order to take full advantage of these work opportunities, students should consider applying by their second year of study. Students should see the Co-operative Education section of the calendar for further details, and should contact the Career Centre for further information, or visit ufv.ca/Jobs/Co-op_Education.

Course listings

For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.


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