Geography and the Environment

Geography — Bachelor of Arts

QUICK FACTS

Credential:
Bachelor's degree

Duration:
4 years

Options:
Major, major concentrations, minor, extended minor, honours

How to apply

Start date:
January, May, September 

Location:
Abbotsford campus

Cost:
(Details)

FEATURES:

  • Field trips enhance classroom learning
  • Co-op semester(s) provide paid work experience in your field of study
  • Program eligible for financial aid

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Gain a deeper understanding of our earth by earning a Bachelor of Arts with a major, minor, extended minor, or honours in Geography.

Geography is the study of the earth’s physical features, climate, and various phenomena. As a Bachelor of Arts student in Geography, you get to explore the links between the natural environment and various other disciplines such as politics, history, culture, economics, and science.

Geography major

In your first and second year, you are introduced to various aspects of the earth such as its: climate, evolution, landscapes, or rock formation. You also learn how people interact with their environment and what impact humans are having on the planet.

In your third and fourth year, you choose from a variety of upper-level electives from the geography of food, climate change, soil, and swamps to religion, tourism, and urban planning.

When taking a Geography major in the Bachelor of Arts, you can also choose to specialize in one or more of the following areas: Environmental Science, Global Studies, and Urban Studies and Planning.

Geography minor and extended minor

If you have an interest in how the earth’s physical features and phenomena occur and want to learn how the environment is shaped by people, politics, economics, and culture, consider a minor or extended minor in geography.

An extended minor may be right for you if you are looking to blend geographic education with other academic interests or are considering applying to a teacher education program.

Consider pairing a Geography minor with a major in Global Development Studies, Economics, or Peace and Conflict Studies.

Geography Honours

The Geography Honours program is designed for students who have performed at a high level throughout their studies and plan on applying to graduate school or are looking for additional research experiences for employment.

The Honours program requires that you develop a working relationship with a professor who will supervise your thesis and oversee your Honours project. They also assist you with any questions that you may have in completing your project.

Additional Opportunities

Join the Association of Geography Undergraduate Students (AGUS) and make new connections. AGUS provides a social hub for geography students and organizes many events such as hiking and ski trips, skating parties, and pub nights.

Make your voice heard on campus and join the Sustainable UFV team. If you are passionate about the environment, Sustainable UFV welcomes you to share your ideas on what UFV's priorities should be and what strategies could be used to green the UFV campus.

Gain a competitive edge after graduation and apply your classroom learning through co-op job placements. Co-op jobs help you develop the skills to build a résumé, expand your professional network, and earn money. You can work in a four-, eight-, or twelve-month work term, full-time or part-time, and can declare co-op as an option on your transcript. Attend a co-op info session, drop in at the Career Centre, or discuss your plans with an Arts advisor to take the first steps towards securing paid work experience in your field.

CAREER EXPECTATIONS

Globalization and climate change require that government agencies develop a greater understanding of the places, people, and natural systems that affect the planet. This is why a Bachelor of Arts with a Geography major is excellent preparation for public sector employment, particularly with local and provincial departments responsible for policy innovation and implementation.

Many UFV Geography grads have used their training to work in urban planning, land management, environmental consulting, policy research, and community development, both with governmental and non-governmental organizations.

You can also leverage the strong research, critical thinking, and writing skills you've acquired as part of your Geography degree in other areas of employment such as education, tourism, publishing, market research, transportation, logistics, and more.

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

The entrance requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree will apply to the Geography program.

View entrance requirements in the UFV Academic Calendar.

OTHER ADMISSION CATEGORIES

This program is open to international students

UPGRADING OPTIONS

Students who do not meet the entrance requirements can upgrade in order to meet prerequisites for university classes.

Make an appointment with an Upgrading and University Preparation advisor to discuss your upgrading needs.

QUESTIONS?

Leah Sperling
Phone: 604-854-4568
Email: leah.sperling@ufv.ca

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"My most valuable experience was certainly the AIG to BC's Interior that I had the pleasure of completing with my peers under the guidance of Gary Fehr and Olav Lian. This experience was in-depth, interesting and relevant to my previous studies in a wide range of subject areas, including postglacial and paraglacial processes, First Nations affairs in BC and BC's evolving economy. I sincerely enjoyed this learning experience and it was the perfect way to cap off my undergraduate studies at UFV."

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  • – Melissa Koyanagi
  •    BA with double extended minors in Geography and Psychology

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