Geography (GEOG)

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Geography (GEOG)

Location

Location

  • Burnside Hall, Room 705
  • 805 Sherbrooke Street West
  • Montreal, Quebec H3A 2K6

About Geography

About Geography

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.

Prerequisites

Prerequisites

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.

Geography (GEOG) Faculty

Geography (GEOG) Faculty

Chair
T.R. Moore (until August 2010)
New Chair - TBA
Emeritus Professor
B.J. Garnier; M.A.(Camb.)
Professors
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.)
Associate Professors
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.)
Assistant Professors
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)
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Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Minor Geography (18 credits)

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.

Required Courses (12 credits)

GEOG 203 (3) Environmental Systems
GEOG 216 (3) Geography of the World Economy
GEOG 217 (3) Cities in the Modern World
GEOG 302 (3) Environmental Management 1

Complementary Courses (6 credits)

6 credits of Geography courses at the 300- and 400- level.

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Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Minor Geographic Information Systems (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.

Required Courses (15 credits)

GEOG 201 (3) Introductory Geo-Information Science
GEOG 306 (3) Raster Geo-Information Science
GEOG 307 (3) Socioeconomic Applications of GIS
GEOG 308 (3) Principles of Remote Sensing
GEOG 506 (3) Advanced Geographic Information Science

Complementary Course (3 credits)

One course to be chosen from:

* Note prerequisites

ATOC 309 (3) Weather Radars and Satellites
COMP 420 (3) Secondary Storage Algorithms and Data Structures
COMP 557* (3) Fundamentals of Computer Graphics
GEOG 535 (3) Remote Sensing and Interpretation
GEOG 551 (3) Environmental Decisions
URBP 505 (3) Geographic Information Systems
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Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Liberal Program - Core Science Component Geography (49 credits)

Required Courses (22 credits)

GEOG 201 (3) Introductory Geo-Information Science
GEOG 203 (3) Environmental Systems
GEOG 216 (3) Geography of the World Economy
GEOG 217 (3) Cities in the Modern World
GEOG 272 (3) Earth's Changing Surface
GEOG 290 (1) Local Geographical Excursion
GEOG 302 (3) Environmental Management 1
GEOG 351 (3) Quantitative Methods

Complementary Courses (27 credits)

One (3 credits) from the following statistics* courses.

* Note: Credit given for statistics courses is subject to certain restrictions. Students in Science should consult the "Course Overlap" information in the "Course Requirements" section for the Faculty of Science.

BIOL 373 (3) Biometry
GEOG 202 (3) Statistics and Spatial Analysis
MATH 203 (3) Principles of Statistics 1
PSYC 204 (3) Introduction to Psychological Statistics
SOCI 350 (3) Statistics in Social Research

One (3 credits) from the following GIS/Remote Sensing courses:

GEOG 306 (3) Raster Geo-Information Science
GEOG 307 (3) Socioeconomic Applications of GIS
GEOG 308 (3) Principles of Remote Sensing

Four courses (12 credits) from the following:

GEOG 305 (3) Soils and Environment
GEOG 321 (3) Climatic Environments
GEOG 322 (3) Environmental Hydrology
GEOG 372 (3) Running Water Environments
GEOG 470 (3) Wetlands

One (3 credits) from the following field courses:

(Field course availability is determined each year in February.)

GEOG 495 (3) Field Studies - Physical Geography
GEOG 496 (3) Geographical Excursion
GEOG 497 (3) Ecology of Coastal Waters
GEOG 499 (3) Subarctic Field Studies

Two additional courses (6 credits) from the list of approved Geography courses below, including at least one at the 400-level or above.

GEOG 404 (3) Environmental Management 2
GEOG 501 (3) Modelling Environmental Systems
GEOG 505 (3) Global Biogeochemistry
GEOG 506 (3) Advanced Geographic Information Science
GEOG 522 (3) Advanced Environmental Hydrology
GEOG 523 (3) Global Ecosystems and Climate
GEOG 535 (3) Remote Sensing and Interpretation
GEOG 536 (3) Geocryology
GEOG 537 (3) Advanced Fluvial Geomorphology
GEOG 550 (3) Historical Ecology Techniques
GEOG 555 (3) Ecological Restoration
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Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Major Geography (58 credits)

The Major is designed to provide a coverage of the main elements of physical geography.

Required Courses (22 credits)

GEOG 201 (3) Introductory Geo-Information Science
GEOG 203 (3) Environmental Systems
GEOG 216 (3) Geography of the World Economy
GEOG 217 (3) Cities in the Modern World
GEOG 272 (3) Earth's Changing Surface
GEOG 290 (1) Local Geographical Excursion
GEOG 302 (3) Environmental Management 1
GEOG 351 (3) Quantitative Methods

Complementary Courses (36 credits)

3 credits of statistics:

Note: Credit given for statistics courses is subject to certain restrictions. Students in Science should consult the "Course Overlap" information in the "Course Requirements" section for the Faculty of Science.

BIOL 373 (3) Biometry
GEOG 202 (3) Statistics and Spatial Analysis
MATH 203 (3) Principles of Statistics 1
PSYC 204 (3) Introduction to Psychological Statistics
SOCI 350 (3) Statistics in Social Research

3 credits of GIS techniques:

GEOG 306 (3) Raster Geo-Information Science
GEOG 308 (3) Principles of Remote Sensing

12 credits of systematic physical geography:

GEOG 305 (3) Soils and Environment
GEOG 321 (3) Climatic Environments
GEOG 322 (3) Environmental Hydrology
GEOG 372 (3) Running Water Environments
GEOG 470 (3) Wetlands

3 credits of field courses:

Field course availability is determined each year in February.

GEOG 495 (3) Field Studies - Physical Geography
GEOG 496 (3) Geographical Excursion
GEOG 497 (3) Ecology of Coastal Waters
GEOG 499 (3) Subarctic Field Studies

15 credits from approved courses in Geography, or elsewhere in the Faculty of Science, or in the Faculty of Engineering; at least 9 credits of which are to be taken outside Geography. Students may also include any courses that are not already counted towards the GIS techniques or the systematic physical geography requirements. Admission to 500-level courses in Geography requires the instructor's permission. It is not advisable to take more than one 500-level course in a term.

Advising Note: See the Geography website for the list of approved courses in the Faculty of Science. Some courses require the permission of the Department and from the Associate Dean of Science, Student Affairs.

Geography Approved Course List - Major, Honours and Liberal Programs

GEOG 404 (3) Environmental Management 2
GEOG 501 (3) Modelling Environmental Systems
GEOG 505 (3) Global Biogeochemistry
GEOG 506 (3) Advanced Geographic Information Science
GEOG 522 (3) Advanced Environmental Hydrology
GEOG 523 (3) Global Ecosystems and Climate
GEOG 535 (3) Remote Sensing and Interpretation
GEOG 536 (3) Geocryology
GEOG 537 (3) Advanced Fluvial Geomorphology
GEOG 550 (3) Historical Ecology Techniques
GEOG 555 (3) Ecological Restoration
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Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Honours Geography (66 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 3.3.

Honours students are encouraged to participate in 500-level seminars with graduate students, but it is not advisable to take more than one in a term.

Required Courses (24 credits)

GEOG 201 (3) Introductory Geo-Information Science
GEOG 203 (3) Environmental Systems
GEOG 272 (3) Earth's Changing Surface
GEOG 302 (3) Environmental Management 1
GEOG 351 (3) Quantitative Methods
GEOG 381 (3) Geographic Thought and Practice
GEOG 491D1 (3) Honours Research
GEOG 491D2 (3) Honours Research

Complementary Courses (42 credits)

6 credits of introductory courses, two of:

GEOG 210 (3) Global Places and Peoples
GEOG 216 (3) Geography of the World Economy
GEOG 217 (3) Cities in the Modern World

3 credits of statistics*, one of:

* Note: Credit given for statistics courses is subject to certain restrictions. Students in Science should consult the "Course Overlap" information in the "Course Requirements" section for the Faculty of Science.

BIOL 373 (3) Biometry
GEOG 202 (3) Statistics and Spatial Analysis
MATH 203 (3) Principles of Statistics 1
PSYC 204 (3) Introduction to Psychological Statistics
SOCI 350 (3) Statistics in Social Research

3 credits of GIS techniques:

GEOG 306 (3) Raster Geo-Information Science
GEOG 308 (3) Principles of Remote Sensing

12 credits of systematic physical geography:

GEOG 305 (3) Soils and Environment
GEOG 321 (3) Climatic Environments
GEOG 322 (3) Environmental Hydrology
GEOG 372 (3) Running Water Environments
GEOG 470 (3) Wetlands

3 credits of field courses:

GEOG 495 (3) Field Studies - Physical Geography
GEOG 496 (3) Geographical Excursion
GEOG 497 (3) Ecology of Coastal Waters
GEOG 499 (3) Subarctic Field Studies

15 credits from approved courses in Geography, or elsewhere in the Faculty of Science or the Faculty of Engineering; at least 9 credits of which are to be taken outside Geography. Students may also include any courses that are not already counted towards the GIS techniques or the systematic physical geography requirements. Admission to 500-level courses in Geography requires the instructor's permission. It is not advisable to take more than one in a term.

Advising Note: See the Geography website for the list of approved courses in the Faculty of Science. Some courses require the permission of the Department and from the Associate Dean of Science, Student Affairs.

GEOG 404 (3) Environmental Management 2
GEOG 501 (3) Modelling Environmental Systems
GEOG 505 (3) Global Biogeochemistry
GEOG 506 (3) Advanced Geographic Information Science
GEOG 522 (3) Advanced Environmental Hydrology
GEOG 523 (3) Global Ecosystems and Climate
GEOG 535 (3) Remote Sensing and Interpretation
GEOG 536 (3) Geocryology
GEOG 537 (3) Advanced Fluvial Geomorphology
GEOG 550 (3) Historical Ecology Techniques
GEOG 555 (3) Ecological Restoration
Faculty of Science—2010-2011 (last updated Apr. 22, 2010) (disclaimer)

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, Faculty of Science, coordinates the 15-credit interdisciplinary African Field Study Semester; see www.mcgill.ca/africa.

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 www.mcgill.ca/pfss.

Earth System Science Interdepartmental Major

Earth System Science Interdepartmental Major

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.mckenzie [at] mcgill.ca).

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