Fall 2012 – Summer 2013
The Geography Department offers programs in both Arts and Science. See Programs, Courses and University Regulations > Faculties & Schools > Faculty of Science > Undergraduate > Geography (GEOG) for B.Sc. Geography programs, a list of teaching staff, an outline of the nature of Geography, and 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 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.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.
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).
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, yet 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).
This Minor concentration may be expanded into the Major Concentration Geography (Urban Systems).
For more information, see Minor Concentration Geography (Urban Systems) (18 credits).
This program is designed to cover the main elements of human geography.
For more information, see Major Concentration Geography (37 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).
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).
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).
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).
The Department of Geography (Prof. Thom Meredith), Faculty of Science, coordinates the 15-credit interdisciplinary African Field Study Semester. For further information, contact Martine Dolmière, Internship & Field Studies Officer, 514-398-1063; see Programs, Courses and University Regulations > Faculties & Schools > Field Studies > Undergraduate > African 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 Programs, Courses and University Regulations > Faculties & Schools > Field Studies > Undergraduate > Panama Field Study Semester.
|Geography Courses of Most Interest to Arts Students|
|GEOG 200||(3)||Geographical Perspectives: World Environmental Problems|
|GEOG 201||(3)||Introductory Geo-Information Science|
|GEOG 202||(3)||Statistics and Spatial Analysis|
|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 310||(3)||Development and Livelihoods|
|GEOG 311||(3)||Economic 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 382||(3)||Principles Earth Citizenship|
|GEOG 403||(3)||Global Health and Environmental Change|
|GEOG 406||(3)||Human Dimensions of Climate Change|
|GEOG 408||(3)||Geography of Development|
|GEOG 410||(3)||Geography of Underdevelopment: Current Problems|
|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 501||(3)||Modelling Environmental Systems|
|GEOG 502||(3)||Geography of Northern Development|
|GEOG 503||(3)||Advanced Topics in Health Geography|
|GEOG 504||(3)||Industrial Restructuring - Geographic Implications|
|GEOG 506||(3)||Advanced Geographic Information Science|
|GEOG 507||(3)||Advanced Social Geography|
|GEOG 508||(3)||Resources, People, and Power|
|GEOG 509||(3)||Qualitative Methods|
|GEOG 510||(3)||Humid Tropical Environments|
|GEOG 511||(3)||Advanced Political Geography|
|GEOG 515||(3)||Contemporary Dilemmas of Development|
|GEOG 551||(3)||Environmental Decisions|