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Major Concentration Geography (37 credits)

Offered by: Geography     Degree: Bachelor of Arts and Science

Program Requirements

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

Required Courses (7 credits)

  • GEOG 201 Introductory Geo-Information Science (3 credits)

    Offered by: Geography (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Geography : An introduction to Geographic Information Systems. The systematic management of spatial data. The use and construction of maps. The use of microcomputers and software for mapping and statistical work. Air photo and topographic map analyses.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Margaret Kalacska, Raja Sengupta (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours and lab
  • GEOG 210 Global Places and Peoples (3 credits)

    Offered by: Geography (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Geography : Introduction to key themes in human geography. Maps and the making, interpretation and contestation of landscapes, 'place', and territory. Investigation of globalization and the spatial organization of human geo-politics, and urban and rural environments.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Jon Unruh, Brian Robinson (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 3 hours
  • GEOG 290 Local Geographical Excursion (1 credit)

    Offered by: Geography (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Geography : Introduction to landscape interpretation and geographical site analysis in physical and human geography. A three-day fall excursion with preparatory and concluding seminars.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Jeanine Rhemtulla, Wayne H Pollard, Michel F Lapointe (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 1 credit
    • Restrictions: Open to first-year Geography Major and Honours students only. Not open to students who have taken GEOG 199.
    • Excursion Dates: September 28-30, 2012
    • This fee of $120 is charged to all students registered in GEOG 290. This course is held at Mont Sutton, in the Eastern Townships during a week-end in mid-September. The fee is used to support the cost of transportation, accommodations, local fees and all meals. The Department of Geography subsidizes a portion of the cost of this compulsory activity for students in a Geography Program, Majors, Honours and Minors.

Complementary Courses (30 credits)

30 credits selected as follows:

Physical Geography

3 credits from:

  • GEOG 203 Environmental Systems (3 credits)

    Offered by: Geography (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Geography : An introduction to system-level interactions among climate, hydrology, soils and vegetation at the scale of drainage basins, including the study of the global geographical variability in these land-surface systems. The knowledge acquired is used to study the impact on the environment of various human activities such as deforestation and urbanisation.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Timothy R Moore, Gail L Chmura (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours
    • Restriction: Because of quantitative science content of course, not recommended for B.A. and B.Ed. students in their U0 year.
  • GEOG 272 Earth's Changing Surface (3 credits)

    Offered by: Geography (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Geography : Introduction to the study of landforms as products of geomorphic and geologic systems acting at and near the Earth's surface. The process geomorphology approach will be used to demonstrate how landforms of different geomorphic settings represent a dynamic balance between forces acting in the environment and the physical properties of materials present.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Wayne H Pollard (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours

Statistics

3 credits from:

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

  • BIOL 373 Biometry (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Elementary statistical methods in biology. Introduction to the analysis of biological data with emphasis on the assumptions behind statistical tests and models. Use of statistical techniques typically available on computer packages.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Brian Leung (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 2 hours lecture and 2 hours laboratory
    • Prerequisite: MATH 112 or equivalent
    • You may not be able to receive credit for this course and other statistic courses. Be sure to check the Course Overlap section under Faculty Degree Requirements in the Arts or Science section of the Calendar.
  • GEOG 202 Statistics and Spatial Analysis (3 credits)

    Offered by: Geography (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Geography : Exploratory data analysis, univariate descriptive and inferential statistics, non-parametric statistics, correlation and simple regression. Problems associated with analysing spatial data such as the 'modifiable areal unit problem' and spatial autocorrelation. Statistics measuring spatial pattern in point, line and polygon data.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Lea Berrang Ford (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 2.5 hours and lab
    • You may not be able to receive credit for this course and other statistic courses. Be sure to check the Course Overlap section under Faculty Degree Requirements in the Arts or Science section of the Calendar.
  • MATH 203 Principles of Statistics 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Mathematics and Statistics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Mathematics & Statistics (Sci) : Examples of statistical data and the use of graphical means to summarize the data. Basic distributions arising in the natural and behavioural sciences. The logical meaning of a test of significance and a confidence interval. Tests of significance and confidence intervals in the one and two sample setting (means, variances and proportions).

    Terms: Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Summer 2014

    Instructors: Christian Genest, Daphna Harel (Fall) David B Wolfson (Winter) Jose Andres Correa (Summer)

    • No calculus prerequisites
    • Restriction: This course is intended for students in all disciplines. For extensive course restrictions covering statistics courses see Section 3.6.1 of the Arts and of the Science sections of the calendar regarding course overlaps.
    • You may not be able to receive credit for this course and other statistic courses. Be sure to check the Course Overlap section under Faculty Degree Requirements in the Arts or Science section of the Calendar. Students should consult http://www.mcgill.ca/student-records/transfercredits/ for information regarding transfer credits for this course.
  • PSYC 204 Introduction to Psychological Statistics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : The statistical analysis of research data; frequency distributions; graphic representation; measures of central tendency and variability; elementary sampling theory and tests of significance.

    Terms: Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Summer 2014

    Instructors: Rhonda N Amsel (Fall) David J Ostry (Winter)

    • Fall and Winter
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have passed a CEGEP statistics course(s) with a minimum grade of 75%: Mathematics 201-307 or 201-337 or equivalent or the combination of Quantitative Methods 300 with Mathematics 300
    • This course is a prerequisite for PSYC 305, PSYC 406, PSYC 310, PSYC 336
    • You may not be able to receive credit for this course and other statistic courses. Be sure to check the Course Overlap section under Faculty Degree Requirements in the Arts or Science section of the Calendar.
  • SOCI 350 Statistics in Social Research (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : This is an introductory course in descriptive and inferential statistics. The course is designed to help students develop a critical attitude toward statistical argument. It serves as a background for further statistics courses, helping to provide the intuition which can sometimes be lost amid the formulas.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Kenneth MacKenzie (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: SOCI 211
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken PSYC 204, PSYC 305 or ECON 227
    • You may not be able to receive credit for this course and other statistic courses. Be sure to check the Course Overlap section under Faculty Degree Requirements in the Arts or Science section of the Calendar.

Field Courses

3 credits from:

Note: Field course offerings are determined each year in February.

  • GEOG 494 Urban Field Studies (3 credits)

    Offered by: Geography (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Geography : Geographical research in urban public and semi-public spaces. Demonstration of techniques of mapping, sampling, measurement, photography, interviewing. Attention to research design.

    Terms: Fall 2013, Summer 2014

    Instructors: Kevin Manaugh (Fall) Sarah Moser (Summer)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisites: One of the following: GEOG 201, GEOG 203, GEOG 210, GEOG 216, GEOG 217, GEOG 272, or permission of instructor
  • GEOG 495 Field Studies - Physical Geography (3 credits)

    Offered by: Geography (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Geography : Field research projects in physical geography. Held locally in Monteregian or Eastern Township regions. The course is organised around field projects designed to formulate and test scientific hypotheses in a physical geography discipline. May Summer session. Preregistration in Department required by March 28.

    Terms: Summer 2014

    Instructors: Wayne H Pollard (Summer)

    • 2-week field school
    • Prerequisites: 6 credits from the following list of Systematic Physical Geography courses: GEOG 305, GEOG 321, GEOG 322, GEOG 350, GEOG 372
    • A fee of $459.90 is charged to all students registered in GEOG 495. This course is held at the Gault Estate at Mont St.-Hilaire during May. The fee is used to support the cost of transportation, accommodations, local fees and all meals for approximately 12 nights.
    • Since this is a field course, the Victoria Day statutory holiday will not be taken into consideration. Therefore, students are expected to attend their lecture on Monday, May 19, 2014.
  • GEOG 496 Geographical Excursion (3 credits)

    Offered by: Geography (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Geography : Lecture course on the geography of a region and excursion through the selected country or region including landscape interpretation and field study projects.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Thomas C Meredith (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisites: GEOG 290 and permission of instructor
    • Instructor's approval required.
    • This fee of $2052 in Winter is charged to all students registered in GEOG 496 Geographical Excursion. The course is held in Barbados, West Indies and is given during the last week of February (Study Break). The fee is used to support the cost of transportation, accommodations, local fees and some meals for ten days. Note that the trip to Barbados is compulsory if you enroll for GEOG 496.
  • GEOG 499 Subarctic Field Studies (3 credits)

    Offered by: Geography (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Geography : An introduction to the geography of the subarctic with emphasis on the application of field methods in physical and/or human geography.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Wayne H Pollard (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisite: GEOG 203 or GEOG 301
    • Instructor's approval required.
    • This fee of $1,846.80 is charged to all students registered in GEOG 499 Subarctic Field Studies. This course is held at Schefferville, Quebec in late August through early September. The fee is used to support the cost of transportation, accommodations, local fees and all meals. The department subsidizes a portion of the cost of this compulsory activity for each student registered in a Geography Major or Honours program.

Analysis and Methodology

3 credits from:

  • GEOG 306 Raster Geo-Information Science (3 credits)

    Offered by: Geography (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Geography : Formal introduction to a computer-based Geographical Information System (GIS). Topics will focus on map analysis and on transforming and displaying spatial data. GIS will be used by students to solve problems in both physical and human geography.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Bernhard Lehner (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 2 hours and laboratory
    • Prerequisite: GEOG 201
  • GEOG 307 Socioeconomic Applications of GIS (3 credits)

    Offered by: Geography (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Geography : GIS applied to the spatial analysis of socioeconomic and market data. Topics include geographic market segmentation, geodemographics, spatial decision-support systems and modelling applications of GIS. Empirical focus is on analysing spatial patterns of population and consumption characteristics in cities and on facility location problems. Emphasis on visualization and problem solving.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Raja Sengupta (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 2 hours and laboratory
    • Prerequisites: GEOG 201, MATH 203 or equivalent
  • GEOG 308 Principles of Remote Sensing (3 credits)

    Offered by: Geography (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Geography : A conceptual view of remote sensing and the underlying physical principles. Covers ground-based, aerial, satellite systems, and the electromagnetic spectrum, from visible to microwave. Emphasis on application of remotely sensed data in geography including land cover change and ecological processes.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Margaret Kalacska (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours and laboratory periods
    • Corequisite(s): GEOG 201
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken ATOC 308
  • GEOG 351 Quantitative Methods (3 credits)

    Offered by: Geography (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Geography : Multiple regression and correlation, logit models, discrete choice models, gravity models, facility location algorithms, survey design, population projection.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Sebastien Breau (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 3 hours
    • Prerequisite: MATH 203 or permission of instructor
    • You may not be able to get credit for this course and other statistic courses. Be sure to check the Course Overlap section under Faculty Degree Requirements in the Arts or Science section of the Calendar.
  • GEOG 506 Advanced Geographic Information Science (3 credits)

    Offered by: Geography (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Geography : Critically analyse major themes in geographic information science and draw out the practical ramifications for spatial technologies and research. Topics such as spatial interoperability, data quality, scale, visualization, location based services and ontologies are covered.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Raja Sengupta (Fall)

    • Winter
    • 2 hours and laboratory
    • Prerequisite (Undergraduate): GEOG 201 and GEOG 307 and permission of instructor.

Geography

The remaining 18 credits are to be selected from Geography (GEOG) courses excluding GEOG 200 and GEOG 205. Of these 18 credits, at least 3 credits must be at the 400 level or above.

Bachelor of Arts & Science—2013-2014 (last updated Aug. 21, 2013) (disclaimer)