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Planning, Geography, and Environmental Studies

Fees and costs

Credit courses (100-400 level)

Tuition & fees
per 3-credit course


Tuition & fees
per 4-credit course


Cost per semester
(12 credits)


Credit courses (100-400 level)
  2024-2025 2023-2024
Tuition/credit $163.34 $160.14
Ancillary fee/credit
$16.33 $16.01

Experiential Learning & Wellness fee/credit

$3.27 $3.20
Total tuition and fees/credit $182.94 $179.35
Student union and society fees: Every semester, you will also pay student union and society fees, which include your BC transit pass and student health & dental plan. To learn more about how your fees will be set, visit the Student union and society fees page.


Your course load will depend on the program you are enrolled in as well as your personal circumstances and goals.

  • To be considered a full-time undergraduate student, you typically need to enroll in 9 credits per semester.
  • A standard course load is 15 credits per semester for most programs. This would allow you to complete a full Bachelor's degree in four years, taking the summer semesters off.
  • Many students choose to take 9 - 12 credits per semester.
  • Some programs (for example Trades) have a set course load.

You're encouraged to discuss your course load with your Academic Advisor before you register for courses.

Learn more about UFV's course load policies in the Academic Calendar.

The ancillary fee provides support for activities, athletics, library and technical services, student software, and student spaces. It's set at 10% of tuition, and is charged per credit.

The Experiential Learning & Wellness fee provides support for students in the form of experiential and co-curricular learning opportunities, expansion of the Co-Curricular Record, health & well-being, and peer mentoring. It is set at 2% of the tuition.

UFV collects fees on behalf of the Student Union Society, the Cascade Journalism Society, and UFV Campus and Community Radio every semester. Learn more about student union & society fees.

Enrolling in a geography elective led me to discover an unexpected yet harmonious path in pursuing my BA in Geography with a concentration in Urban Planning. This academic journey immersed me in diverse subjects—land use management, natural sciences, geomorphology, policy and planning, allowing me to blend my appreciation for beauty and the built environment with a deep exploration of the role of place in society. An unforgettable aspect of my degree was having the opportunity to partake in research on Food Security as it relates to refugees in Kenya, examining its connections to COVID-19 and gender dynamics. This experience enhanced my research and analytical skills during a three-month stay in Nairobi. My advice for students would be to take classes that truly ignite your curiosity, and not to neglect the various opportunities to get involved while on campus, as they often lead to the most enriching experiences.

  • – Natasha Knebelow
  •    BA Geography, Urban Planning Concentration