Feedback

Note: This is the 20102011 edition of the eCalendar. For the most recent publication, click here.  

Geography (GEOG)

Geography (GEOG)

Location

Location

  • Burnside Hall, Room 705
  • 805 Sherbrooke Street West
  • Montreal, Quebec H3A 2K6
  • Telephone: 514-398-4951 (or leave message 514-398-4111)
  • Fax: 514-398-7437
  • Website: www.geog.mcgill.ca

About Geography

About Geography

The Geography Department offers programs in both Arts and Science. See Faculty of Science > Geography (GEOG) for B.Sc. Geography programs, a list of teaching staff, an outline of the nature of Geography and the opportunities for study in this discipline.

Geography is a broad, holistic discipline - both a natural and a social science because it examines people and their environment and serves as a bridge between physical and cultural processes. Human Geography (a social science, thus B.A. programs) is concerned especially with the political, economic, social, and cultural processes and resource practices that create spatial patterns and that define particular places. Physical Geography (B.Sc. programs) integrates disciplines such as climatology, geomorphology, geology, biology, hydrology, ecology, soil science and even marine science. Whether considering greenhouse gas emissions, the spread of disease, or threats to biodiversity, in all cases, geographers are interested in where things happen, why, and with what consequences.

Our graduates go on to careers in environmental consulting, social agencies or non-governmental organizations. Skills in Geographic Information Science (GIS) are very marketable. Students are well prepared for graduate work in social sciences, urban planning and environmental studies at leading schools.

Prerequisites

Prerequisites

There are no departmental prerequisites for entrance to the B.A. Major Concentrations or Honours programs in Geography. It is helpful for Arts students to include 6 credits of Mathematics in their CEGEP or pre-university programs. A student who has completed college or pre-university geography courses fully equivalent to those of first year university may, with the adviser's approval, substitute other courses as part of the Major Concentrations or Honours programs. B.A. students in U0 are invited to take GEOG 205 for science credit and GEOG 200 for social science credit.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Minor Concentration Geography (18 credits)

The Minor Concentration Geography is designed to provide students in the Faculty of Arts with an overview of basic elements of human geography at the introductory and advanced level. This Minor concentration may be expanded into the Major Concentration Geography, but not into the Major Concentration Geography (Urban Systems).

For more information, see Minor Concentration Geography (18 credits).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Minor Concentration Geographic Information Systems (18 credits)

This minor concentration is designed to provide students in the Faculty of Arts who have an interest in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with a basic, but comprehensive knowledge of concepts and methods relating to the analysis of geospatial data. This minor concentration may be expanded into the Major Concentration Geography but not into the Major ...

For more information, see Minor Concentration Geographic Information Systems (18 credits).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Minor Concentration Geography (Urban Systems) (18 credits)

This minor concentration may be expanded into the Major Concentration Geography (Urban Systems).

For more information, see Minor Concentration Geography (Urban Systems) (18 credits).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Major Concentration Geography (36 credits)

This program is designed to cover the main elements of human geography.

For more information, see Major Concentration Geography (36 credits).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Major Concentration Geography - Urban Systems (36 credits)

This interdisciplinary concentration exposes students to the various approaches to urban studies in many disciplines. Students should observe the levels indicated by course numbers: 200-level are first year (U1); 300-level, second year (U2); 400- or 500-level, third year (U3). For students majoring in Urban Systems, the total number of credits permitted ...

For more information, see Major Concentration Geography (Urban Systems) (36 credits).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Honours Geography (60 credits)

The B.A. Honours Geography program is more concentrated and focused than the Major concentration. In addition to the Faculty of Arts requirement that Honours students maintain a minimum CGPA of 3.00, students in a Geography Honours program must maintain a program GPA of at least 3.30 and complete a 6-credit Honours thesis. Honours students are encouraged to ...

For more information, see Honours Geography (61 credits).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Honours Urban Systems (60 credits)

The B.A. Honours Urban Systems program is more concentrated and focused than the Major Concentration. In addition to the Faculty of Arts requirement that Honours students maintain a minimum CGPA of 3.00, students in a Geography Honours Program must maintain a program GPA of at least 3.30 and complete a 6-credit Honours thesis. Honours students are encouraged to ...

For more information, see Honours Urban Systems (60 credits).

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Joint Honours Component Geography (36 credits)

Students wishing to study at the Honours level in two disciplines can combine Joint Honours Program components in any two Arts disciplines. For a list of available Joint Honours programs, see "Overview of Programs Offered" and "Joint Honours Programs".  Joint Honours students should consult an adviser in each department to discuss their course selection and ...

For more information, see Joint Honours Component Geography (36 credits).

Geography (GEOG) Related Programs and Study Semesters

Geography (GEOG) Related Programs and Study Semesters

African Field Study Semester

African Field Study Semester

The Department of Geography (Prof. Thom Meredith), Faculty of Science, coordinates the 15-credit interdisciplinary African Field Study Semester. For further information please contact Martine Dolmière, Internship & Field Studies Officer, 514-398-1063; see Field Studies and Study Abroad > African Field Study Semester.

Panama Field Study Semester

Panama Field Study Semester

The program is a joint venture between McGill University and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama. For more information, see Field Studies and Study Abroad > Panama Field Study Semester.

Geography Courses of Most Interest to Arts Students

Geography Courses of Most Interest to Arts Students

GEOG 199 (3) FYS: Geo-Environments
GEOG 200 (3) Geographical Perspectives: World Environmental Problems
GEOG 201 (3) Introductory Geo-Information Science
GEOG 205 (3) Global Change: Past, Present and Future
GEOG 210 (3) Global Places and Peoples
GEOG 216 (3) Geography of the World Economy
GEOG 217 (3) The Canadian City
GEOG 221 (3) Environment and Health
GEOG 290 (1) Local Geographical Excursion
GEOG 300 (3) Human Ecology in Geography
GEOG 301 (3) Geography of Nunavut
GEOG 302 (3) Environmental Management 1
GEOG 303 (3) Health Geography
GEOG 306 (3) Raster Geo-Information Science
GEOG 307 (3) Socioeconomic Applications of GIS
GEOG 308 (3) Principles of Remote Sensing
GEOG 309 (3) Geography of Canada
GEOG 311 (3) Economic Geography
GEOG 315 (3) Urban Transportation Geography
GEOG 316 (3) Political Geography
GEOG 331 (3) Urban Social Geography
GEOG 351 (3) Quantitative Methods
GEOG 370 (3) Protected Areas
GEOG 381 (3) Geographic Thought and Practice
GEOG 398 (3) Field Studies in Human Geography
GEOG 404 (3) Environmental Management 2
GEOG 408 (3) Geography of Development
GEOG 410 (3) Geography of Underdevelopment: Current Problems
GEOG 416 (3) Africa South of the Sahara
GEOG 424 (3) Europe: Places and Peoples
GEOG 490 (3) Geography: Independent Studies
GEOG 494 (3) Urban Field Studies
GEOG 496 (3) Geographical Excursion
GEOG 498 (3) Humans in Tropical Environments
GEOG 500 (3) Geography of Regional Identity
GEOG 501 (3) Modelling Environmental Systems
GEOG 502 (3) Geography of Northern Development
GEOG 504 (3) Industrial Restructuring - Geographic Implications
GEOG 506 (3) Advanced Geographic Information Science
GEOG 508 (3) Resources, People, and Power
GEOG 510 (3) Humid Tropical Environments
GEOG 551 (3) Environmental Decisions
Faculty of Arts—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)