The Department of Geography offers programs in both Arts and Science. All B.A. programs in Geography (including Urban Systems) can be found under Faculty of Arts > Geography (GEOG).
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.
There are no departmental prerequisites for entrance to the B.Sc. Geography programs. Students who have completed college or pre-university geography courses fully equivalent to those in the first year of university may, with an adviser's approval, substitute other courses as part of their program.
A Science Major Concentration in Geography - Physical Option is available to students pursuing the B.A. & Sc. degree. This Major Concentration is described in the Bachelor of Arts and Science section of this publication; see Bachelor of Arts and Science > Geography (GEOG) for details.
|T.R. Moore (until August 2010)|
|New Chair - TBA|
|B.J. Garnier; M.A.(Camb.)|
|P.G. Brown; B.A.(Haver.), M.A., Ph.D.(Col.) (joint appoint. with McGill School of Environment and Natural Resource Sciences)|
|T.R. Moore; B.Sc.(Swansea), Ph.D.(Aberd.) (on leave Fall and Winter 2010-11)|
|N.T. Roulet; B.Sc., M.Sc.(Trent), Ph.D.(McM.) (James McGill Professor) (on leave Fall 2010)|
|G.W. Wenzel; M.A.(Manit.), Ph.D.(McG.)|
|G.L. Chmura; B.S.(Mass.), M.S.(R.I.), Ph.D.(L.S.U.)|
|O.T. Coomes; B.Sc.(Vic., BC), M.A.(Tor.), Ph.D.(Wisc.)|
|B. Forest; A.B.(Chic.), M.A., Ph.D.(Calif.-LA)|
|M.F. Lapointe; B.Sc., M.Sc.(McG.), Ph.D.(Br. Col.)|
|T.C. Meredith; B.E.S.(Wat.), M.Sc., Dip.Cons.(Lond.), Ph.D.(Camb.)|
|W.H. Pollard; B.A., M.Sc.(Guelph), Ph.D.(Ott.)|
|N.A. Ross; B.A., M.A.(Qu.), Ph.D.(McM.)|
|R. Sengupta; B.Sc.(Bombay), M.Sc.(IIT, Mumbai), M.S., Ph.D.(S. Ill.-Carbondale) (joint appoint. with McGill School of Environment)|
|R.E. Sieber; B.Sc.(Mich. St.), M.P.A.(W. Mich.), Ph.D.(Rutgers) (joint appoint. with McGill School of Environment)|
|I.B. Strachan; B.Sc.(Tor.), M.Sc., Ph.D.(Qu.) (cross appoint. with Natural Resource Sciences)|
|S. Turner; B.Soc.Sci., M.Soc.Sc.(Waikato), Ph.D.(Hull)|
|J. Unruh; B.A.(Kansas), M.S.(Wisc.), Ph.D.(Ariz.)|
|L. Berrang Ford; B.Sc.(Guelph), M.Sc.(Oxf.), Ph.D.(Guelph)|
|S. Breau; B.A.(Moncton), M.A.(Laval), Ph.D.(Calif.-LA)|
|J. Ford; B.A., M.Sc.(Oxf.), Ph.D.(Guelph)|
|M. Kalácska; B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.(Alta.)|
|B. Lehner; Dip. Hydrol.(Freiburg), Ph.D.(Frankfurt)|
|N. Oswin; B.A. Hons.(Tor.), M.A.(Dal.), Ph.D.(Br. Col.)|
|N. Ramankutty; B.E.(P.S.G. Coll. of Tech.), M.S.(Ill.), Ph.D.(Wisc.)|
|J. Rhemtulla; B.Sc.(McG.), M.Sc.(Alta.), P.h.D.(Wisc. Madison)|
The Minor Geography is expandable into the B.Sc. Major Geography. The Minor Geography is designed to provide students in the Faculty of Science with an overview of basic elements of geography at the introductory and advanced level. This Minor permits no overlap with any other programs.
For more information, see Minor Geography (18 credits).
The Minor Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is designed to provide students in the Faculty of Science who have an interest in GIS with a basic, but comprehensive, knowledge of concepts and methods relating to the analysis of geospatial data.
For more information, see Minor Geographic Information Systems (18 credits).
For more information, see Liberal Program - Core Science Component Geography (49 credits).
The Major is designed to provide a coverage of the main elements of physical geography.
For more information, see Major Geography (58 credits).
The Honours program is designed to provide specialized systematic training in physical geography. In addition to the Faculty requirement that Honours students maintain a minimum CGPA of at least 3.00, students who enter a Geography Honours program on or after September 2006 must have a program GPA of 3.30. Honours students are encouraged to participate in ...
For more information, see Honours Geography (66 credits).
The Department of Geography, Faculty of Science, coordinates the 15-credit interdisciplinary African Field Study Semester; see www.mcgill.ca/africa.
The program is a joint venture between McGill University and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama. For more information, see www.mcgill.ca/pfss.
For more information, see Earth System Science Interdepartmental Major (ESYS).
This program is offered by the Department of Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences, Earth & Planetary Sciences and Geography.
Students in the Department of Geography interested in this program should contact: Professor Jeffrey McKenzie (jeffrey [dot] mckenzie [at] mcgill [dot] ca).