Fall 2013 – Summer 2014
The Department of Geography offers programs in both Arts and Science. All B.A. programs in Geography (including Urban Systems) can be found under Programs, Courses and University Regulations > Faculties & Schools > Faculty of Arts > Undergraduate > Academic Programs > 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 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 Geography option is available to students pursuing the B.A. & Sc. degree. This Major concentration is described in Programs, Courses and University Regulations > Faculties & Schools > Bachelor of Arts and Science > Undergraduate > Academic Programs > Geography (GEOG).
|P.G. Brown; B.A.(Haver.), M.A., Ph.D.(Col.) (joint appt. with McGill School of Environment and Natural Resource Sciences)|
|O.T. Coomes; B.Sc.(Vic., BC), M.A.(Tor.), Ph.D.(Wisc.)|
|T.R. Moore; B.Sc.(Swansea), Ph.D.(Aberd.)|
|W.H. Pollard; B.A., M.Sc.(Guelph), Ph.D.(Ott.)|
|N.T. Roulet; B.Sc., M.Sc.(Trent), Ph.D.(McM.) (James McGill Professor)|
|G.W. Wenzel; M.A.(Manit.), Ph.D.(McG.)|
|S. Breau; B.A.(Moncton), M.A.(Laval), Ph.D.(Calif.-LA)|
|G.L. Chmura; B.S.(Mass.), M.S.(Rhode Is.), Ph.D.(L.S.U.)|
|B. Forest; A.B.(Chic.), M.A., Ph.D.(Calif.-LA)|
|M.F. Lapointe; B.Sc., M.Sc.(McG.), Ph.D.(Br. Col.)|
|B. Lehner; Dip. Hydrol.(Freiburg), Ph.D.(Frankfurt)|
|T.C. Meredith; B.E.S.(Wat.), M.Sc., Dip.Cons.(Lond.), Ph.D.(Camb.)|
|N. Ramankutty; B.E.(P.S.G. Coll. of Tech.), M.S.(Ill.), Ph.D.(Wisc.)|
|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 appt. with McGill School of Environment)|
|R.E. Sieber; B.Sc.(Mich. St.), M.P.A.(W. Mich.), Ph.D.(Rutg.) (joint appt. with McGill School of Environment)|
|I.B. Strachan; B.Sc.(Tor.), M.Sc., Ph.D.(Qu.) (cross appt. 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)|
|J. Ford; B.A., M.Sc.(Oxf.), Ph.D.(Guelph)|
|M. Kalácska; B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.(Alta.)|
|N. Oswin; B.A. Hons.(Tor.), M.A.(Dal.), Ph.D.(Br. Col.)|
|J. Rhemtulla; B.Sc.(McG.), M.Sc.(Alta.), Ph.D.(Wisc. Madison) (joint appt. with McGill School of Environment)|
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 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing Minor program provides B.Sc. students with the fundamentals of geospatial tools and technologies.
For more information, see Minor Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing (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 (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).
The Interfaculty Program in Sustainability, Science and Society is open only to students in the B.A. & Sc. degree.
For further information about this program, see Programs, Courses and University Regulations > Faculties & Schools > Bachelor of Arts and Science > Undergraduate > Academic Programs > Sustainability, Science and Society > Bachelor of Arts and Science (B.A. & Sc.) - Interfaculty Program in Sustainability, Science and Society (54 credits).