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Geography (BSc)

Geography (BSc)

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In our Geography (BSc) program, you'll examine the interactions between humans and their environment by developing an understanding of the staggering rate humans have modified urban and natural systems over the past few hundred years.

Focus on the field of physical geography, including the sub-disciplines of geomorphology, climatology, biogeography, and hydrology.

Program Highlights

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  • First-year Geography courses combine classroom learning with hands-on lab meetings.
  • In upper years you will participate in field and lab courses where you can design and carry out original research projects.
  • In fourth-year courses you have the option of doing an undergraduate thesis project to refine your research skills or participate in field courses in places such the Canadian Rockies and the Yukon
  • You'll learn quantitative and qualitative research skills that you can apply to a range of careers and graduate research directions.
  • You'll learn to use computerized Geographic Information Systems (GIS), a skill that is highly desired by private and public sector employers.
  • You'll study with professors who are leading researchers in their fields, and acquire a broad range of skills and expertise in physical geography and geospatial analysis.

Sample Courses

  • Coastal Processes and Landforms
  • Geographic Information and Analysis
  • Fluvial Geomorphology
  • Spatial Analysis
  • Catchment and Global Biogeochemistry
  • Paleoclimatology

Admission Requirements

We encourage applicants of all academic backgrounds to apply.

Ontario High School Curriculum

  • Minimum admission range: low 70s.
  • Competitive admission range, based on last year’s admitted students: mid 80s.
  • English at 60%.
  • Advanced Functions at 60%.
  • Two of Biology, Chemistry or Physics at 60%.

All prerequisite courses calculated in admission average. 

Other Curriculums

Visit our admission requirements section to find specific requirements for international curriculums, other Canadian curriculums, transfer students and more.

Design Your Degree

These are a few popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Geomatics Option
  • Sustainability Option
  • Community Engagement Option

Check out some other options to enhance your degree.

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