BA Program Options in GeographyGeography Major (BA)

The BA, major in Geography, introduces students to the different sub-fields of Human, Physical, and Techniques Geography. Students completing this major have the opportunity to specialize in one or more of these, and to pursue original, lab- and field-based research.

This major is a good option for students considering an MA in Geography, Environmental Studies, International Development, Planning, or a related field. It is also useful for students planning on continuing on into teaching.

Geography majors can also choose to combine program options in a number of ways, such as by combining a concentration with a co-operative education designation, or an Honours degree with a certificate. Please consult with an Advisor to review your program progress and options.

Concentrations

Geography majors within the BA can choose to complete their program with or without a concentration. A concentration is a planned group of courses that focus on a particular set of themes.Students can choose to complete more than one concentration within their major.

Students can select from one of three concentrations within the BA major:

  1. Environmental Science
  2. Global Studies
  3. Urban Studies & Planning

The requirements for each of these concentrations will be published in the calendar. In the meantime, if you have questions about the requirements of each concentration, please contact the Geography Department Assistant at 604-854-4568.

Students within the program can choose from four concentrations within the major, including:

  1. Environmental Studies
  2. International Studies
  3. Physical Geography
  4. Urban Studies

We do not currently have concentrations within the BSc major in Physical Geography.

Co-operative Education Option

Co-operative education provides valuable workplace opportunities and experience for students completing a UFV degree, and is highly recommended for Geography majors. Co-op involves alternating semesters of paid employment (usually in the summer) with semesters of study, and the program often has many placements that build on geographic skills and research. Students should consider applying to the program after their first year.

Students that have completed three co-operative education placements are eligible for a Cooperative Education designation on their transcripts.

Honours

The Honours program is designed for those Geography and Physical Geography majors who are planning on applying to graduate school or who are looking for additional research experiences for employment. Honours Geography students have gone into graduate programs in a number of fields and at institutions in Canada and Australia.

Application forms can be obtained from the Department Assistant (A407d).

Geography Extended Minor (BA)

The Extended Minor in Geography is useful for those students that are looking to blend geographic education with other academic interests, as well as for those students considering applying to teacher education programs. The extended minor requires many of the same core courses as the major, but also provides more flexibility to pursue elective courses within and outside the minor field.

Geography Minor (BA)

The Minor in Geography is an option for those students that have completed or who plan on completing a compliment of courses in human, physical, and technical geography.

Certificates

‌Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

This 30-credit certificate is designed to prepare students for employment in the GIS field. Completed over a two-year period, the certificate includes courses in Geography and Computing Science, and can be completed as part of a degree program.

Indigenous Maps, Films, Rights, and Land Claims Certificate

This intensive four-week, three-course, twelve-credit certificate offers students the opportunity to learn a range of conceptual and practical skills that are of direct relevance to the history, communication, implementation, and critique of rights, title, and land claims.

It focuses on a range of representational practices, including, but not limited to, film, oral histories, documentaries, surveys and maps, and legal discourse analysis, and their importance to the Indigenous land and rights process generally, but with a focus on British Columbia and the lower Fraser Valley in particular.

Extended Studies in Geography

Students that have already completed a degree can choose to complete credentials in Geography, including an Honours designation, a concentration, a major, minor, or extended minor. This will earn the student an extended studies certificate in the specific program area.

The ES certificates are designed for students interested in upgrading their geographic knowledge and skills for purposes of employment, graduate school, or application to teacher education programs.

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