Bachelor of Arts, Major in Applied Geography


The Bachelor of Arts, Major in Applied Geography is a unique, four-year Human Geography degree with an emphasis on the urban setting of human activity. The program is distinguished by the scope and sequencing of its skills development coursework. Required skills courses include those in qualitative methods, quantitative methods, geographic thought, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and research design.

These skills-development courses are woven into a lively and relevant topical curriculum featuring introductory lab-science courses in: physical geography; introductory and advanced human geography; economic, social, political, and urban geography; options for focused study of a variety of regions; and courses in natural hazards and environmental geography. Having established a foundation of information-handling skills early in the program, students are equipped to apply their knowledge to service and research projects incorporated into their third and fourth year courses.

Graduates who complete the Bachelor of Arts, Major in Applied Geography program are able to comprehensively understand a range of contemporary urban issues and problems, and possess the practical skills to address them. They are engaged citizens, well-positioned for employment in occupations requiring knowledgeable people capable of working with diverse types of information, or for further, graduate study in Geography and related fields.

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Admission Requirements

Students pursuing a Major in Applied Geography must be admitted to the Faculty of Arts.

Declaration Requirements

Students intending to graduate with this Faculty of Arts Bachelor’s degree must declare the credential by the time they complete 60 credits of undergraduate coursework. At the time of declaration, the student must satisfy all of the following requirements:

  • In good academic standing with the University
  • Completion of a minimum of 18 credits of undergraduate coursework, including the following with a minimum grade of “C”:
    • 3 credits of ENGL at the 1100 level or higher
    • 6 credits at the 1100 level or higher in the Major area

Curricular Requirements

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree must complete all requirements in the Bachelor of Arts framework in addition to their major or minor program requirements.

Geography Major

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1Credits
GEOG 1101 Human Geography 3
GEOG 1102 Physical Geography 0,4
Year 2
GEOG 2250 The City 3
GEOG 2380 Qualitative Methods in Geography 3
GEOG 2390 Quantitative Methods in Geography 3
GEOG 2400 Introduction to GIS 3
GEOG 2310
or Geomorphology
Select one of the following: 3
Geography of British Columbia  
Geography of Canada  
Geography of East Asia  
Geography of South Asia  
Year 3
GEOG 3120 Economic Geography 3
GEOG 3130 Society and Urban Space 3
GEOG 3220 Urban Planning and Politics 3
GEOG 3260 Geographic Thought 3
GEOG 3310 Natural Hazards 3
GEOG 3320 Environment and Resources 3
Year 4
GEOG 4100 Research Design in Geography 3
GEOG 4380 Applications in GIS 3
GEOG 4501 Current Geographic Issues 3
 Total Credits48-52

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of the major program students are eligible to receive a Bachelor of Arts. Transcripts will indicate a Major in Applied Geography.

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